Agave americana in bloom, Porto Covo, Portugal (photograph by Alvesgaspar/Wikimedia)

Once in a Lifetime

nybg: “ lambtime: “ Agave americana, also known as Century Plant or American Aloe, is a common landscape plant despite the fact that it is semelparous, meaning it flowers once and then dies, living.

Century Plant.  Canon City, Co. 2014.  Also  Maguey or Agave Americana. Blooms once at end of long life. Distilled for mescal.

Canon City, Co. Also Maguey or Agave Americana. Blooms once at end of long life. Distilled for mescal.

Sisal Plantation at North Sumatra, Indonesia (1950-1960) courtesy of Tropenmuseum NL

Sisal Plantation at North Sumatra, Indonesia courtesy of Tropenmuseum NL

Agave Sisalana plantation in Central Java, Indonesia (1910) courtesy of Tropenmuseum NL

Agave Sisalana plantation in Central Java, Indonesia courtesy of Tropenmuseum NL

An Agave americana "Century Plant" in post-bloom (photograph by David Fulmer)

Once in a Lifetime

An Agave americana "Century Plant" in post-bloom (photograph by David Fulmer)

Agave Americana bloom close up

Agave deserti - Desert Agave is a succulent with rosettes of up to 4 inches cm) wide and up to 27 inches cm) long fleshy gray.

Agave Sisalana Bloom at our factory

Agave Sisalana Bloom at our factory

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