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Century plant blooms on Beaufort's Boundary Street

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.
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. Staff photo

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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