Our large century plant (Agave americana) in the Jordan Hall greenhouse has bloomed and died. A species that blooms once and then dies is referred to as monocarpic. Our plant was estimated to have been over 50 years old and had been the focal point in the cactus/succulent room for many years. Although it’s nicknamed the century plant, the longevity of A. americana is typically 30 years as opposed to 100 years as the name suggests.
In March 2019 the plant began sending up its impressive flower stalk—which looked like a giant spear of asparagus. A. americana is a member of the Asparagaceae family.