Very cool succulent that grows to over 23 feet
by DENNIS FOX
Cactus looking plant that grows to over 23 feet and blooms at the top. Very cool plant that has me thinking. Please help with an answer.Thanks
Drought Smart Plants reply: Hi Dennis, I didn't even have to look at the picture to tell you what this is.
There is only one plant that I can think of that will put out a bloom stalk over 20' tall.
I saw a picture of an Agave in bloom in a botanical garden, and they had to take some of the panes of glass out of the roof to let it go through and finish flowering.
I have no idea if it actually completed its task, or got too cold to continue.
These are really tough desert plants, and they only bloom once.
This means they are 'monocarpic' and the rosette dies after flowering.
Hopefully, the millions of insects and hummingbirds attracted to the flowers will have pollinated them and it will produce some seeds (in ideal conditions).
They do have a backup system, of producing 'pups' around the base of the mother rosette, which eventually take over after she is gone.
In this way, some Agave clumps are huge, and incredibly dangerous, as each leaf has a sharp spine at it's point.
Happy Succulent Gardening!