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Century Plant

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 28 February 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The Century Plant is an agave originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide. It has a spreading rosette (about thirteen feet wide) of gray-green leaves up to six feet, six inches long, each with a spiny margin and a heavy spike at the tip. Its common name derives from its habit of only occasionally flowering, but when it does, the spike with a cyme of big yellow flowers, may reach up to twenty-six feet in height. The plant then dies after flowering. The average life-span is around twenty-five years. I wonder where they came up with the name "century" if it lasts only 25 years. This century plant was photographed at the Oak Park Conservatory in Oak Park, Illinois. Its dimensions were comparable to those mentioned above.

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Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

I love the light and lush growth. superb.

28 Feb 2008 6:19am

Helma from Tehran, Iran

very nice shot ! beautiful ...

28 Feb 2008 5:57pm

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Amazing silver color - well captured, interesting information. Thanks for sharing!

28 Feb 2008 6:18pm

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

very interesting!

29 Feb 2008 4:00pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A great specimen... somehow makes me want a shot of tequila...

29 Feb 2008 9:49pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A great agave, I'm growing some at home (that's still somewhat experimental due to frequent rain here). Fortunately, they produce enough offshoots, so it's not too dramatic when they die :-)

29 Feb 2008 10:55pm

Nathaniel from Jackson, United States

Great Photo

21 May 2009 3:04am