Saturday, June 6, 2009

Maguey-Century Plant

Here is an unusual sight. Three Maguey plants blooming at the same time. This is a relative to the huge Agave plants from which rope, clothing, milk and tequila. They are also called century plants because it was thought that they lived for 100 years. They only bloom once in their life and it is highly rare for all three to be blooming togather. When the stalks shoot up they grow at an amazing rate. Here in the desert, things grow SLOWLY. After blooming the plant will slowly die and need to be taken out.

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