Plant that flowers once in its lifetime is in bloom

A plant that flowers once in its lifetime is in bloom at Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses in Edgbaston.

Agave americana AGM - flowering at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Agave americana AGM - flowering at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Agave americana Award of Garden Merit (century plant), situated on the terrace, is about 25-years-old and when it finishes flowering the plant will die.

The flower stem is still growing and currently measures approximately 4m tall.

The natural habitat of Agave americana AGM is Mexico and the US. Its sap can be distilled to produce the spirit mezcal and its fibres can be used to make mats.


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