Saturday, June 8, 2019

Blooming Agave

At the canyon, weeks after the brittlebushes, palo verdes and cacti have finished blooming, the agave flowers begin to open.

Though commonly called century plant, agaves typically only take ten to twenty five years to mature.

After flowering, the mother plant dies. Offshoots of the agave can continue to grow and eventually bloom.

Bees and hummingbirds love them!


angryparsnip said...

I used to have two huge Agaves out my backyard. They were living sculpture. One bloomed and I thought I still have one more. Well that one bloomed but by that time the baby was big. I was happy but now she is blooming and I miss them all very much.
Mine is still in bud but soon it will be in flower.
Your photos are wonderful.

Loree said...

did not know that agaves bloomed. We have a huge on in our back yard and it hasn't flowered yet. Maybe it's not old enough.

Thérèse said...

We kept an agave "trunk" from a friend's backyard and now it stands in our entry way against a wall.

Laura. M said...

Es tiempo de flores por el mundo. Me encanta la última Diana😉
Un abrazo.

giorno26 ¸¸.•*¨*•. said...

Bellissime immagini Diane :)

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Diane:

Nice photos of thee Agave and flowers. Nice to see the beauty of the desert in contrast to my everyday water rich, green northern forest environment.

Take care and keep cool this summer,

DeniseinVA said...

What a wonderful plant. I love your desert flowers. I see a real beauty in the desert for so many reasons.

Ela said...

What a beautiful plant !!

A Casa Madeira said...

Belas cores!

DeniseinVA said...

I look forward to seeing the desert again one day. A beautiful series of photos.

DeniseinVA said...

I see I have already commented but happy to be back so that I can look at these photos again 🙂