|Variegated Agave americana sending up flowering stalk,|
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek,
You might not know how old your apple tree or lilac bush was when it died, but since the agaves flower so dramatically and die, people pay attention to their age.
The flowering stalk is spectacular--10 or more feet high. But equally impressive is that after waiting 15 or 25 years--a long time to wait to flower!--the plants dies. One time to flower only.
It seemed to me that a lot of agaves were blooming at Ruth Bancroft Garden and Carol agreed, saying that an impressive 26 individuals were in bloom.