Eddie Abernathy of Jackson County, stands next to his towering 15-foot tall Agave Americana plant that began blooming in mid-July. It is also known as a “century plant,” he informed, because it can take 30 to 40 years before growing a stalk and flowering. He stated that it takes its whole life before finally shooting up a giant flowering stalk just before for the plant dies.
Abernathy inherited the plant from his grandmother 40 years ago. Then twenty years later he planted it in the ground outside. He was very surprised one day this summer when he noticed the stalk of the plant beginning to grow.
“I was shocked and couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I always wanted to see it, but thought I never would.” Within three weeks the century plant had reached its peak at 18 feet high with flowers in bloom, and lasted for a total of eight weeks before the plant began to die. Abernathy said the plant has since produced 13 “baby agave plants.”