An 80 year old Agave plant at the University of Michigan botanical gardens has bloomed. The agave produced a 28 foot high stalk that passed all the way through the greenhouse roof!
The plant has resided in the Ann Arbour home since 1934, but is now on its last legs. The tall stalk will be cut down later this month, with hopes of being turned into an instrument by one of the music professors.
According to Mike Palmer, the horticulture manager at the school’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the agave is now on the decline, and will be cultivated for seeds. A new agave plant will be produced from those seeds, with high hopes for another long living, healthy plant.
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