Century Plant to bloom at Botanical Garden

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A Century Plant (Agave americana) is nearing bloom at the University of Latvia Botanical Garden. The last time a plant of the same species was in bloom at the garden was twenty years ago, reported Latvian Radio Wednesday.

The flowering stalk grew so quickly and so high an opening had to be made in the roof. The flowers, when they arrive, will be similar to those of chestnut. 

The Century Plant flowers once in its lifetime. The flowering stalk at the Botanical Garden is growing some 10 cm a day. 

"It can grow some 10 to 15 years until it suddenly produces a stout, strong stalk that flowers only once during the lifetime of the plant. It flowers, pollinates, and its rosette dies, while the plant does not disappear," said Ingūna Gudrupa, a specialist at the garden.

The plant should flower around midsummer. Information about when it'll flower will be available on the website of the Botanical Garden. 

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