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Rare flower blooms through the roof of conservatory

by webdev

August 10, 2010

The Kew Gardens conservatory in London, England, recently got a rather shocking surprise from one of its specimens. The rare Agave Abrupta, or Century Plant, has sprouted through the roof of the conservatory and is now showing off its rare blossom.

According to the Richmond-Twickenham Times, the plant, which is native to tropical regions of the Americas, takes between 10 and 20 years to mature. The specimen at the Kew Gardens is now 6 meters tall.

In addition to its shocking size, the flower is in bloom for the first and last time. Though it has been in the conservatory for 15 years, this is the first and only time its yellow-green spiky flowers will be visible.

"We are extremely excited here at Kew to catch a glimpse of the Century Plant at the peak of its life cylce," Professor Stephen Hopper, director of the gardens, told the news source. "Visitors who come to Kew over the next month will get a rare opportunity to see a truly impressive botanical occurrence."

Though the Century Flower is probably too large for your home, yellow flowers make a sunny addition to any bouquet. Yellow roses, lilies, tulips or daffodils are ideal for a bright yellow bouquet, according to

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