A Century Plant in Bloom

. July 11, 2014.

A once-in-a-century event is taking place right now at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The Agave americana, an 80-year-old American agave plant, oft referred to as a ‘Century Plant’, and resembling a giant asparagus stalk (over 25 feet tall!), is in bloom for the first and only time.

Horticulture Manager at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Michael Palmer explains the plant’s history: “This agave was collected in 1934 on a U of M expedition in the locale of San Luis Potosi, Mexico” by Alfred Whiting, who later “went on to become a well known ethnobotanist. Though flowering is more common in the southwestern US, in its native range, the conservatory makes it possible for people of all ages to see, without traveling to the desert!”  

The U of M agave should continue to bloom for 2-3 weeks, and then parish. But Palmer reassures enthusiasts, “The plant will most likely make pups or plant-lets on the flower stalk. These are tiny replicates of the mother plant and can root and grow into an identical plant—a clone.” Another plant for another century.  
 

Catch the Century Plant at its peak at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Open 10am-8pm daily and admission is free! For more information, call 734-647-7600 or visit www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg

Trending

Only Writing Honestly: Jackamo Premiere New Music Video for ‘Foundations’

Sister duo Jackamo sings and writes from the heart. We spoke with the duo on making music from the heart and their latest music video, ‘Foundations’.

To Be Generous, Musically… | Interview with Lily Talmers

Lily Talmers writes her music with vulnerability and openness. We spoke with her about her creative process and her upcoming album, ‘Remember Me as Holy’.

Theatre NOVA Presents ‘4 Genres’ as Next Play in Play of the Month Series

As part of their Play of the Month series, Theatre NOVA is excited to announce ‘4 Genres’ by Ron Reikki. Here’s how to check out the upcoming play and more!

Theatre NOVA’s “Whatcha Doin?” Raises Thoughtful Questions About Fame, Beauty, and Post-Pandemic Life

‘Whatcha Doin’?’ is the first play Theatre NOVA’s Play of the Month Series. Check out our review of the performance and how you can catch a replay of the show.