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only once

Century Plants bloom only once in their life, the blooming spike is so large and grows so fast that it saps all the resources of the plant, which then dies, leaving a tall wooden seed stalk.

 

32 years in Arizona and I have never seen a century plant in bloom like this.

 

Theme: Out of Place

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Taken on July 11, 2010