Century Plant Blooms Once a Lifetime

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

A yard in Tallahassee has all the neighbors talking.

No tall grass or funny lawn ornaments; it's a century plant in full bloom right next to the Dansby family driveway.

The Century Plant gets its name because it blooms once in its lifetime. Not quite once a century, but about once every 25 years or so.

The asparagus like stalk can grow up to 15 feet high with big yellow flowers.

Grace Dansby says in just a few days her plant grew 25 feet.

"To me it’s phenomenal because we've traveled all over the world and I’ve never seen anything like this, and I've called the nursery and botanical gardens and nobody seems to have much information on it, and I don't know where anybody could go right now and see something like this in Tallahassee or anywhere."

Although this plant is doomed to die after its unique bloom, the Dansbys may have another chance to witness this rare event.

On the other side of the driveway sits the plant's mate, another Century Plant, and we received an e-mail from a viewer in Colquitt, Georgia who says there is one in bloom there too. Apparently its blooms are triggered by the warm climate.


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