SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In Springfield, Paula Poisso owns what’s known as a corpse flower.

The rare plant is known for its size and more importantly, its gut-wrenching stink when it blooms.

According to the United States Botanic Garden, it blooms for just two to three days every year or two and can grow up to 8 feet tall.

When it does, it releases a rotting flesh-like odor to attract insects to pollinate.

Click through the slideshow below to watch the growth of the flower.