The growing period of rafflesia is prolonged: it needs 18 months only to adapt to the vine and become a small bud. Then, this bud spends nine months to mature and only after that finally starts to transform into a flower. Unlike the growth period, blooming is relatively short: the flower is open only for 5-7 days. During this period, rafflesia is busy because it tries to attract carrion-feeding flies. But once it blooms, then it starts to rot very soon.
When precisely it starts to bloom? No one knows for sure: some say that after heavy rainfalls, others that in July. And it's not that easy to find the corpse flower during its thriving period because it likes dark, humid places in rainforests. So despite being so unique, this flower grows in the areas that help it avoid extra attention.