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An 80-year-old American agave (Agave americana) spent the summer of 2014 blooming for the first---and last---time in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The agave flower stalk grew to more than 28 feet before sending out hundreds of flower buds. We even removed a pane of glass from the ceiling to allow the stalk to continue growing.
Now that the plant has bloomed, the parent will die but not before leaving behind hundreds or even thousands of seeds and enough genetically identical "pups" or plantlets to allow the agave to live on for another 80 years. Stay tuned for more information as this amazing plant continues its journey.
Read the original post about the agave on the Matthaei-Nichols blog.
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