Thursday, May 15, 2008

century plant (agave)

This plant blooms once in its lifetime. In my backyard, I am watching this mystery unfold. The energy the plant uses to send the flower stalk 25-35 feet in the air eventually robs it of life. The flowers bloom, the seeds fall, the plant dies. But while it is in bloom, it is spectacular. In this photo, the stalk is only about 16 feet high. Next come the blooms!!!

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