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Agave Americana (4)

March 31st 2015 12:58
... at last ... the flowers ...

Agave Americana:

The Agave Americana plant is an impressive plant cultivated in gardens for effect. It can grow up to 8 feet across and its flower stalk can grow up to 20 to 40 feet.

The Agave Americana is known as the Century plant because it matures slowly. In a warm climate the plants take 8 to 10 years to mature and flower. In a cold climate they take much longer than that.
When it is mature the plant waits until conditions are just right to trigger it to flower.

The Agave Americana plant is a native of tropical America, probably originating in Mexico, but is now grown in a lot of different countries.

Agave Americana plants are widely grown in gardens for their ornamental beauty but, so it is claimed, all parts of this plant have been put to beneficial use. It has been claimed that the Agave Americana plant has many medicinal properties.Its fibre can be put to good use and the flower stalk (when roasted) is sweet and nutritious.

Several Agave Americana plants live on a vacant block next to us and I first noticed a flower stalk when it was already standing tall.
I have never closely observed this phenomenon before, so I have watched with great interest.

I started taking photos of this plant on the 3rd November, 2014, and this is the fourth blog I have posted, each one showing the maturing of the flowers.


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Agave Americana - Century Plant
This photo was taken on the 3rd November, 2014.


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Agave Americana - Century Plant
This photo was taken on the 18th November, 2014.


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Agave Americana - Century Plant
This photo was taken on the 16th December,2014. It has taken the flowers a few weeks to mature to this stage.




With Christmas and New Year upon us my attention was drawn away from the Agave Americana for a while. One morning, after all the celebrating had finished and all the visitors had gone home, I woke to much bird chattering and squabbling. When I investigated, to my delight, the Agave Americana had started to burst into flower and the birds were having a feast.

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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - flowers


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - flowers







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Agave Americana - Century Plant - birds came to the flowers for a feast


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - a bird enjoying the banquet


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - birds enjoying the banquet


After a Agave Americana plant has flowered it dies.

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Agave Americana - Century Plant - notice the plant is beginning to die (5th January, 2015)


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - notice the plant is beginning to die - two months after the first photo - and the pods at the top of the stalk still have not opened into flower


... nature can be extravagant ...



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Agave Americana (3)

March 10th 2015 09:19
... everyday... keep looking ....

Agave Americana

The Agave Americana plant is an impressive plant cultivated in gardens for effect. It can grow up to 8 feet across and its flower stalk can grow up to 20 to 40 feet.

The Agave Americana is known as the Century plant because it matures slowly. In a warm climate the plants take 8 to 10 years to mature and flower. In a cold climate they take much longer than that.
When it is mature the plant waits until conditions are just right to trigger it to flower.

Agave Americana plants are widely grown in gardens for their ornamental beauty but, so it is claimed, all parts of this plant have been put to beneficial use. It has been claimed that the Agave Americana plant has many medicinal properties.Its fibre can be put to good use and the flower stalk (when roasted) is sweet and nutritious.

An Agave Americana plant lives on a vacant block next to us and I first noticed the flower stalk when it was already standing tall.
I have never closely observed this phenomenon before, so I have watched with great interest.

I started taking photos of this plant on the 3rd November, 2014,
and have posted them on my blog entitled Agave Americana (1).

A month later, on December 3rd, I took more photos,
and have posted them on my previous blog, Agave Americana (2).

To show how the flower stalk is maturing I took more photos on the 16th December, 2014.

Compare the change.


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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant




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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant
These pods will burst into flower.

... special pleasures ... soak them up ...


NB: Next blog -- the flowers.
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Agave Americana (2)

February 17th 2015 08:14
... observing an Agave Americana flower is amazing ...

Agave Americana plants are widely grown for their ornamental beauty in a garden but, so it is claimed, all parts of this plant have been put to beneficial use. It has been claimed that the Agave Americana plant has many medicinal properties.Its fibre can be put to good use and the flower stalk (when roasted) is sweet and nutritious.

In November I noticed that an Agave Americana plant, which is growing on a vacant block next to us, had sent up a tall flower stalk.
I have never closely observed this phenomenon before, so I have watched with great interest.

I started taking photos of this plant on the 3rd November, 2014 ---
and have posted them in my previous blog.

I took the following photos on 3rd December,2014.
I had begun to realise this journey was going to be much longer and more spectacular than I had expected.

Enjoy.


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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant




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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant




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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant


.. enjoy the journey ...


... next blog ... Agave Americana (3)

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Agave Americana (1)

February 3rd 2015 05:35
... and some plants are spectacular ...

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