overachieving agave

I’ve long-admired the dramatic placement of this agave in front of a house in my neighborhood.  Sometime this winter, it sent out a bloom stalk that seems to be trying its best to imitate the vine in Jack & the Beanstalk.  It’s now over two stories tall.

When those flowers open, it’s gonna be legendary.

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8 Responses to overachieving agave

  1. Diana says:

    So glad you captured it in a photo. I was wondering how it was doing. It really is the most remarkable one that I ‘ve every seen up close.

  2. sweet bay says:

    Wow, I had no idea Agave blooms could get that tall!

  3. Pam/Digging says:

    I’ve been spotting these giant agave bloom stalks all over town. I feel like I live in Dr. Seuss-ville. They are very weird and very cool.

  4. There must be something special about this year because we have some of those in our neighborhood too. It could be the drought is getting them all worried about survival and they need to make seed in a hurry.

  5. getgrounded says:

    The angle of that photo reminds me of the house on the hill where mother lives, aka Psycho. Good for you for taking a stab at photographing it…

  6. EAL says:

    It is my understanding that the plant dies after the flower blooms, with these giant ones?

  7. Lori says:

    EAL – Yup, it turns out I got a photo at the absolute peak of bloom. Right now the agave's spikes have collapsed and the blooms on the bloom stalk are wilted. It's definitely dead now.

  8. I have a friend who cut hers down and used it as a Christmas Tree a few years back…they are amazing aren't they?

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