Century plant blooms on Beaufort's Boundary Street

info@islandpacket.comJuly 9, 2013 

If you've driven along Boundary Street near Beaufort Town Center in Beaufort you may have noticed this strange-looking tree growing out of a middle of a cactus-type plant. The "tree" is actually the blooming stalk of the Agave americana, known as the century plant and can grow nearly 30 feet tall.

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If you've driven along Boundary Street near Beaufort Town Center in Beaufort you may have noticed this strange-looking tree growing out of a middle of a cactus-type plant. The "tree" is actually the blooming stalk of the Agave americana, known as the century plant, and can grow nearly 30 feet tall.

Laura Lee Rose, a staff member at the Beaufort County office of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, says that the plant can take 10 or more years -- not a century -- to grow its blooming stalk that produces pale yellow to white blooms, and that the plant - a monocarpic succulent - dies after flowering. The plant does produce offshoots or baby plants around the base.

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