04/22/2013 12:00 EDT | Updated 06/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Corpse Flower In Edmonton Blooms, Stinks Like Rotting Flesh

EDMONTON - Something smells bad in Edmonton.

Putrella, a unique corpse flower at the city's Muttart Conservatory, bloomed overnight and is emitting a foul odour like rotting meat.

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Edmonton Corpse Flower (PHOTOS, TWEETS)

The bizarre stench is supposed to last only one day, so the facility is extending its visiting hours until 11 p.m.

The giant flower, more than two metres tall, is believed to be the first of its kind to bloom in Western Canada.

"Putrella's bloom is stunning - and incredibly stinky," says the conservatory's Facebook page.

Staff have been keeping plant lovers updated on the flower's growth through Facebook and Twitter.

The most recent message encourages visitors to bring gas masks.