Agave: Flower of the Day, May 8, 2018

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I snapped this agave just in time. The next day I came out and Pasiano had machete’d it to the ground and sent all these little potential plants to the organic dump!  Obviously, many of the flowers were completely past their prime, but some at the bottom were just getting ready to pop.  A new plant will undoubtedly spring up from one of the hundreds that fell onto the ground both before and as he was cutting it down.  It’s happened every year for 17 years now. Like its relative the century plant, it dies back after sending up that colossal shaft that is covered with first flowers and then mini plants. Unlike the century plant that flowers and dies once every ten to twenty years, this one flowers and dies back once a year.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day prompt.

4 thoughts on “Agave: Flower of the Day, May 8, 2018

  1. Christine Goodnough

    How fascinating! And how lush your stuff grows down there! My snake plant just finished flowering — the scrawny stalk loaded with perfumed droplets — and another to assert itself. Do the agave flowers have a rich perfume?

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