Capturing The Moment — Too Big For Its Own Good   Leave a comment

Neighborhood Agave — Images by kenne

On April 27th I was so impressed with the size of an agave stalk, I took a photo of it and posted on this blog. Over the last month I have continue to watch it grow as it neared blossoming. During this time I noticed that stalk was beginning to lean south, so much so I began to think it might break. It didn’t break, but its weight and angle to the ground finally pulled the plant out of the ground. 

This agave is commonly called a “century plant,” because when it flowers by sending up a stalk (spike), which it does only once, it dies. Its age is more accurately 25-30 years, not 100 years. If not by its own weight, this agave was doomed either way.


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