Something only Mother Nature could invent: the Corpse Flower at Gustavus Adolphus College is showingsigns that it will soon bloom for the third time in the last six years.
More than 5,000 people came to see the plant the last time it produced an inflorescence in July of 2010.
The Corpse Flower is a rare flowering plant that is only found naturally in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. Its name comes from the repulsive scent it emits during the hours after it blooms.
The College plans to once again allow visitors to see the plant when it blooms, which is likely to occur sometime in early November.
The Corpse Flower, affectionately known as Perry, currently sits in the GustavusDepartment of Biology's greenhouse.
You can watch Perry grow from the comfort of your own home as well, by clicking the link below to the school's webcam.