If you’re near Orange Coast College and smell what you think is a dead body, don’t be alarmed. It’s time for the Corpse flower to bloom -an event happening only once every three to five years -and when the flower’s magenta petals begin immersing, this odd smell also fills the air. Strangely enough, the rare smell draws thousands of Costa Mesa residents in to catch the flower as it blooms.
The college opened the doors for spectators to view the blooming of the Corpse flower , nicknamed Little Dougie, on June 28. The flower has been at the campus since 2006, now weighing 30 pounds and standing more than 5 foot high.
With annual enrollment around 25,000 students, Orange Coast College is one of the largest community colleges in the nation. Many students who attend OCC go on to further their education at four-year institutions and private colleges. Orange Coast College first opened for student enrollment in 1948 and is a well-respected community college in Orange County. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116 and http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html
Costa Mesa residents who want to be part of something special should make plans to see the Cactus flower in bloom. The campus is open for viewers at 6 p.m. nightly, with a $3 recommended entrance donation fee. All proceeds from the event benefit the school’s horticultural program.
If you want to be a part of something special, visiting the college campus to experience the sights and smells of the Cactus flower in bloom is an event to include on your agenda. Doors are open nightly, with a $3 donation recommended for the viewing. Proceeds benefit the school’s horticultural program.