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Agave plant flowering in Chicago

by webdev

September 27, 2010

Horticulturists announce that an agave plant will soon show its rare flowers.

An agave plant at the Garfield Park Conservatory located in Chicago's West Side is blooming, officials at the facility stated. Flower and plant enthusiasts in the area should be excited by the news - the agave will only show its blossoms once during its life cycle, reports

Officials state that it will be quite the spectacle, as once its in full bloom the plant will contain 50,000 to 100,000 individual flowers and weigh up to 40 pounds. Horticulturists at the conservatory have removed a pane of glass above the plant to allow it to grow unhindered.

The stalk appeared in early August, growing from the center of the leaf rosette. Passing moths and bats will pollinate the plant.

The plant takes over a year to flower, and it will display its blossoms anywhere from four to six months, according to the news source. reports that there are over 300 species of agave, 200 of which are currently recognized. The majority of these plants only blossom once in their lifespan. The flowers feature musky perfumes and sweet odors.


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