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On the rockery above the
top lawn at Trebah the Agave
The wait now is almost over as the bud has started to open and the clusters of yellow flowers will soon appear. We measured the height of the spike using a tape measure taped to a dinghy's mast and recorded a height of 6m.
Agaves are monocarpic, meaning they bloom just once in their lifetime and will die after flowering. The extraordinary flower spike grows way out of the reach of grazing animals and is pollinated by insects, bats and humming birds. As the mother plant dies it can no longer support its towering stalk and when this topples, it propels its offspring to the earth. Agaves are nothing if not determined to reproduce.