latest on our Century Plant ...
Thanks to Dale
who snapped this picture of our "out of control"
beanstalk! Big "Skinny" Dick has got a serious lean going
on ... LOL
OK, Now it gets
interesting ... Big "Skinny" not only has arms, but now he
has hands with fingers ... YIKES!
look to be yellow buds and soon will blossom into feathery kind
of flowers. Well, yours truly will not be here to see it,
but if anyone would like to keep track of Big "Skinny" I
will be happy to post the pictures ... just email me with the
pix to firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy COW ... he
has sprouted arms!
Dick has continued to grow, but now he has decided to sprout
arms ... NO Kidding ... this 2 pix from
Update on Big
Dick ... and I mean BIG!
posing prettily with the Big Guy
Just how big
will big Dick get??????
we are living next to one of the craziest plants ever right
here on Isles of Capri. This darn cactus plant that my
neighbors Linda and Jack have cut back numerous times over the
years, has decided to get seriously out of control! From
the middle of this thorny beast is growing a “ginormous” stalk
… it is growing several inches every day and right now it is
over the roofline.
Linda has named the cactus
Richard, but I am less formal and sometimes call him by his
nickname of Dick.
After a bit of
research I found out that Richard is a Century plant … the
following info comes from the San Diego Zoo
Agave or Century Plant Agave Americana
FAMILY: Agavaceae (Agave Family)
The name agave comes from the Greek word agavos, meaning noble
or admirable, and this group of plants has lived up to its
name. There is archeological evidence that humans have used
agaves for at least 9,000 years, baking the leaves in pits for
food and using the fibers and stalks to make everything from
rope to clothing to weapons.
The Agave americana is often called the century plant because
was reputed to bloom only once in 100 years, but that's an
exaggeration. It does only bloom once in its lifetime, but
usually between 7 and 20 years. The main plant then dies, but
most species produce shoots that will take over and grow to
maturity. Beautiful flower spikes reach for the sky in many,
including the Century Plant Agave Americana which can have a
bloom spike up to 40 feet (12 meters) high.
Perhaps one of the best known uses for agave is the production
of tequila, which has long been a vital industry in Mexico.
Tequila is made from the fermented and distilled juices, called
aquamiel or "honey water," produced by the agave just before it
flowers. In 1999, Mexico exported some 21 million gallons (80
million liters) of tequila to the United States, and the
current annual value of these exports is about 200 million
dollars. In fact, the agave plants grown on plantations are so
valuable that they must be protected from agave rustlers!
Holy Cow, now that I know about
Tequila being made from the agave from this plant, I will be
standing next to Dick Addy with my limes and salt! Anyone
have a blender?
the BloggerBabe, reporting ... BTW ... I will be giving
updates on Richard's growth!