Bootstrap Sunday Scapes 30-6-13

Started Jun 30, 2013 | Photos thread
dave gaines
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In reply to Rriley, Jul 1, 2013

Last week I posted a couple of close-up of this big Century Plant bllom. Some people know them as Yucca plants. It's also an agave, like the Mexican Agave plant. It's a member of the Lily Family, as is the Joshua Tree that grows in the desert a few dozen miles from here.

Here is the whole plant in bloom. The base grows long narrow green leaves and a massive starchy root for about 35 years (1/3 century). The spiked pointy leaves inflict a painfull prick in the shins if you accidentally walk into them. In unison, hundreds of these mature agaves will bloom all at once sending up 10 to 12 foot shoots in a couple of weeks. Bugs pollenate the white clusters of flowers for a couple of weeks before they fall off. A shiny green seed pod about the size and shape of a Roma tomato emerges. The seeds dry for several weeks before popping open and releasing their seeds into the wind. The porous light stalks remain standing on dead leafy plants for several years before falling over.

Two photos. One of the whole plant and another of the individual flower clusters on the stalk.

Century Plant, agave or Yucca Plant in bloom

Century Plant flowers, a Lily

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