For show-and-tell this week I want to show everyone my favorite plant. I know what you're all thinking—it doesn't look like much. But once a year, this ugly-looking plant produces a beautiful white flower. There are many special things about this flower. It only opens at night. And it only opens for a few hours before it dies. It has a very short life, but it's a very special one. The flower is big—17 cm wide and 30 cm long. And the smell it gives off is wonderful—so strong and sweet. It fills the whole house.
This plant is originally from South America. There, it grows high up in the trees of the forests. But here, people grow them in their gardens. And they invite people over to watch them open once a year. Oh! I forgot to tell you its name. Because it's so beautiful, people call this flower the "Queen of the Night"!