Monday, July 29, 2013

bloomin' 'eck!

The recent heat wave we've been experiencing has helped push this Century Plant through a sudden and unexpected growth spurt. A hole had to be cut through the roof of the conservatory at Allan Gardens (Toronto) in late March as the plant reached the glass ceiling. Almost half of its 15' (4.5metres) is outside the greenhouse.
The 75 year old agave actually bloomed a week ago and now is waning, but is still pretty impressive. if you want to see it though, you'd better hurry

Within a couple of weeks it will die and already the leaves at the base are shrivelling and collapsed. The stalk will eventually turn brown and then be cut at the base. 


  1. Will that be the end for good for that plant or will it grow again after it has been cut down to its base?

    1. that is is end. there are offshoots at the base that are already starting to grow, but it will not be in our lifetime before it reaches this stage of blooming!

  2. and then I presume they will repair the roof!

  3. Thanks for sharing this blooming plant.

  4. Darn, I remember reading about this and I was in the area last week but completely forgot - so thanks for posting your pics!

  5. What a great photo. Reminds me of the book 'The day of the Triffids'.

  6. That is funny! I doubt I'll have time to stop by, so thanks for posting. :)


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