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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





agave americana century plant
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 ...

Agave Americana

We have a vacant block next to us and Agave Americana plants are growing 'wild' right next to our fence.
I've always admired their shape, size and colour but this year we have been intrigued as a spectacular display has unfolded before our eyes.

One of the plants has flowered.

It has been the most interesting experience.

Although, it seems, a lot of varieties of agave are grown in gardens for their ornamental value, I am not familiar with them.
I didn't know the name of this plant, so I have been encouraged to do some research. I'm pretty sure they are Agave Americana or more commonly known as the Century plant.
They are a native of tropical America, probably originating in Mexico.

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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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.
When it is mature the plant waits until conditions are just right to trigger it to flower.

I first noticed the flower stalk on this plant when it was already standing tall.

agave americana century plant
Agave Americana - Century Plant
This photo was taken on the 3rd November, 2014.
Notice how fresh the leaves look.

The Agave Americana plant can have an impressive flower stalk that towers up to 20-40 feet.

Thinking the flowers might mature and disappear as quickly as the stalk had appeared I took some more photos five days later, on the 8th November.
Little did I know this was just the beginning ....

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Agave Americana - Century Plant


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - the top of the flower stalk.


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Agave Americana - Century Plant - the base of the flower stalk.




Ten days later - 18th November.

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Agave Americana - Century Plant


agave americana century plant
Agave Americana - Century Plant


... watch, wait and wonder ...

.... next posting will be Agave Americana (2)





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