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Seattle’s Jade Vine Is Almost as Cool as a Corpse Flower

It’s the color of mint toothpaste, and will bloom through mid-March.

Last year, as corpse flowers stunk up conservatories around the country, Seattle’s specimen, Dougsley, committed an embarrassing gaffe: it failed to bloom. After opening up only halfway, the massive tropical flower began to decompose, failing to smell even a little bit bad.

“Dougsley appears to have been a dud, and has been removed from the building,” the Seattle Volunteer Park Conservatory posted afterwards.

Although the city still stings from this snub, the other plants have been making up for it, Capitol Hill Seattle reports. For instance, right now, the Conservatory is home to its first blooming jade vine.

The eerie plant, which suspends itself from a tree, is covered with claw-shaped flowers the color and texture of mint toothpaste. In the wild, it’s pollinated by bats, which hang upside down off its flowers and drink the nectar inside. Cultivating it indoors requires a constant flow of moist air, and a lot of patience—this one has been growing for several years.

According to a post on the Conservatory’s Facebook, the jade vine will hang around through mid-March. Although it has big shoes to fill—“Does it smell or eat bugs?” one skeptic wondered on Twitter—we are confident that it will win over the haters.

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