Something's growing b-i-g in Rancho Park

century-plant-meg.jpgMeg Sullivan and Steve Roe came home Sunday to find the agave in the front yard beginning to sprout the big thing in the middle. It's a fairly rare event — Sullivan says she thinks the so-called century plant is about 20 years old — but when they looked around the yard they saw a nearby agave was also starting to grow. The stamen-like protrusions could soar to 20 feet or more before the reproductive episode ends and the plants die. Number one has already grown noticeably since the first day. If anyone wants to chronicle the event in photos or video, they can contact Sullivan through her Facebook page. First entry: "Returning home from breakfast this morning, we noticed that our century plant was VERY happy to see us!"

Photo from Meg Sullivan

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