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Century Plant

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 April 2015 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

So named because it is said to bloom once a century, the Century Plant (Agave americana) in fact blooms after a decade or two of growth. When it is ready, it sends up a single thirty-foot stalk which produces an impressive blossom. So much energy is spent growing this flower that the plant dies shortly afterward. Side shoots growing around the base ensure a new generation of plants.

Photo captured April 27, 2012 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.

NIKON D7000 1/100 second F/4.5 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Un beau yucca, il me semble !
La fleur est impressionnante d'ailleurs. )

9 Apr 2015 5:23am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Impressive plant.:-)

9 Apr 2015 7:55am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Yes an impressive plant well captured

9 Apr 2015 9:31am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful !

9 Apr 2015 11:05am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I like how this impressive plants fills the frame! Great shot.

9 Apr 2015 11:42am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Beautiful plant of the desert

9 Apr 2015 12:09pm

Perry Jasper from Santa Fe, United States

They are not just of the desert. I'm in the tropics & the house garden has many.

9 Apr 2015 12:39pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderfully captured. Excellent.

9 Apr 2015 2:08pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

AN imposing plant and image!

9 Apr 2015 5:31pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

They are beautiful. Nice capture, but don't get too close. ;-)

9 Apr 2015 5:57pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, colors & lighting!
wonderful plant!

9 Apr 2015 6:04pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Impressive image created by your point of view.

9 Apr 2015 7:41pm

Malaura from France

Ce cactus est impressionnant ! Une plante magnifique ! Amicalement

9 Apr 2015 8:16pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wow, splendid specimen!

9 Apr 2015 8:45pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Amazing plant; beautifully captured!

10 Apr 2015 1:36am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Now that is a magnificent plant.

10 Apr 2015 3:52am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


10 Apr 2015 8:58am

Sam from Chennai, India

What a beautiful plant. A fine shot. Lovely. :6

10 Apr 2015 9:41am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

A really big and beautiful specimen here! Wonderful exotique cactus garden.

11 Apr 2015 7:43am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

So impressive!

13 Apr 2015 10:06pm

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

What an awesome and beautiful plant!

14 Apr 2015 10:40am