80-Year-Old Agave In Michigan Prepares To Bloom - WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson | Your Local News Leader

80-Year-Old Agave In Michigan Prepares To Bloom

Posted: Updated:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Visitors to the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens may soon get to glimpse the flowering of an 80-year-old agave plant.

According to our media partners at MLive, the plant was brought to the University of Michigan in 1934 after an expedition to Mexico, where it was collected. It didn't previously show any sign of flowering, but now its flower stalk is growing several inches per day.

Michael Palmer, horticulture manager for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, says the stalk is getting closer to the conservatory's roof. If it grows too much more officials might need to remove a pane of glass from the roof to make room.

Commonly known as the century plant, the Agave americana blooms once and then dies.

To read the complete MLive article: University of Michigan botanical garden's rare 80-year-old agave preparing to bloom for the first time
Powered by WorldNow

2820 East Saginaw Street,
Lansing, MI  48912

Telephone: 517.372.8282
Fax: 517.372.1507
Email: webmaster@wlns.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Lansing, Inc. A Media General Company.