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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

SSS2–Century plant

01 Dead century plant stalk & shadow Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ (876x1024)
The misnamed Parry’s century plant, or Agavi parryi, actually  grows for about 25-30 years before producing a 10-18 foot flower stalk that shoots forth at sometimes one foot per day, then dies.  Yet it lives on by propagating itself with offshoots called pups.
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8 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What an interesting plant!

Thérèse said...

And it's pretty sad to see them die when you happen to see them year after year in your environment like we did in Arizona.

Small City Scenes said...

I have an Agavi parryi but I doubt I will ever see it bloom. Well I might if I live long enough and it is growing pretty good but I still have my doubts. Oh well

Kathie Brown said...

I was always amazed at how tall these things got!

Bill S. said...

Very interesting. Plants can be very fascinating.

Box Canyon Blogger said...

The Century Plant (that's the name I grew up with) is my favorite... such drama, it blooms and then dies.
mark

Johnny Nutcase said...

LOOVE these plants! i just saw some monster ones the other day that were about to bloom. Like the shadow you snagged in this one too!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

All the agavi we have here are alien species for us as the earlier settlers brough it in to cultivate for rope.

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