04/19/2013 06:08 EDT | Updated 06/19/2013 05:12 EDT

Edmonton's Corpse Flower Bloom Nears, Smell Will Blow Visitors Away (PHOTOS)

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EDMONTON - A corpse flower in Edmonton is almost ready to bloom.

City spokeswoman Gayleen Froese says staff at the Muttart Conservatory are comparing the giant plant to a pregnant woman whose water has broken.

She says there's a small opening at the top of the plant and a faint odour like vinegar.

Staff are anxiously expecting the flower to pop open in the next few days.

The tropical plant, found in the wild in Indonesia, produces a large purple-reddish bloom and smells like rotting meat.

The bizarre stench lasts only for one day, so staff plan to alert curious visitors on Facebook and Twitter.

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