April 18, 2014
The century plant typically lives only 10 to 30 years but specimens living longer than that have been reported. A monocarpic succulent, it has a spreading rosette (about 4 m (13 ft.) wide) of gray-green leaves up to 2 m (6.6 ft.) long, each with a spiny margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce to the bone.
When it flowers, the spike with a cyme of big yellow flowers may reach up to 8 m (26 ft.) in height. Its common name derives from its semelparous nature of flowering only once at the end of its long life. The plant dies after flowering, but produces suckers or adventitious shoots from the base, which continue its growth.
THE CURRENT CHALLENGE
Fri Apr 18, 2014
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