My Darlin' and I planted this Octopus Agave five years ago. It was perhaps 18" high and about 2' across. It's been featured in many of my blog posts~most recently in National Geographic Comes To The Joneses Back Yard with the big rattlesnake and that unfortunate rabbit. (See Comment # 20 in that post. The rattlesnake chose this agave as his dining area.)
Back in the middle of March, it began sprouting a stalk. Within a week or so, that stalk reached a height of three feet (top left photo.) Before Ginny left for New Jersey (the week before Easter,) I took the photo at the bottom right. Ginny is five feet tall.
We came back two weeks later, and by the beginning of May, the stalk was higher than the house by quite a bit, and I took the bottom left photo.
Then, toward the middle of May, it flowered! In the top right photo, it's in full bloom, and each pollinated flower will become a miniature Octopus Agave growing right out of that stalk.
Needless to day, we call this plant Jack.
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