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Plenty of excitement in the conservatory on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 as Matthaei-Nichols staff and students helped cut down the stalk from the now famous American agave. The stalk was carried into the back hallway. Soon, a U-M music professor will use a part of the stalk to make a flute. Stay tuned! No pun.
As you may know by now, the 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 has died. But not before leaving behind hundreds of seeds, many of which have already sprouted.
Read the original post about the agave on the Matthaei-Nichols blog.
A video from Michigan News: