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This is nostalgic post for me! Last year, in one of my first blog posts ever, I wrote about seeing (and smelling) the stinky corpse flower "Romero" (named after Pittsburgh filmmaker George A. Romero, whose 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead was filmed in and around Pittsburgh), which was blooming at the Phipps Conservatory in Oakland - an event that only happens ever 7-10 years, for 24-48 hours.
Well, exciting news! Romero's little sister, Barbara (named for the role played by Judith O'Dea, and for the famous line from the film: “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!) is currently blooming at the Phipps!
The Phipps comments that "Barbara is not expected to grow as large or emit as strong a scent as Romero, but the bloom, which will be announced on Phipps’ social media and email newsletter and last for only 12 to 48 hours, will still present a sight — and smell — to behold."
As someone who saw the occurrence last year, I definitely think it is working making the trip to Phipps! The bloom will be brief, so be sure to follow Romero/Barbara on
The Phipps site
for up to date information.
As I write this, Barbara is currently @ 38"