Thursday, June 27, 2013

Who Knew?

My neighbor has 2 of these yucca plants in her yard.  One day a few months ago, she noticed that one of them was changing.  It was starting to grow a stalk in the middle of itself (a stalk like 'Jack in the Beanstalk').

As the stalk grew higher the plant began to die at the bottom.  Ginny found it on Google and it said the plant is a "century plant".  It takes all it's energy to grow the stalk and kills itself in the process.

One of the new plants at the bottom of the main plant will take it's place.  We are amazed to watch the process as it happens.
When the stalk stopped growing in height, it started to make some blooms at the top.  Here's what it looks like now.
Here's what the bottom of the plant looks like now.
Who knew?  We sure didn't!


  1. Hi Marge!
    That is pretty interesting and talk about determination to grow, no matter what the consequence is. Just goes to show you learn something new everyday. :)

    Have a terrific weekend!

  2. Hi Marge! Interesting about the Century plant... I think we have those in the SoCal desert. How great about your granddaughter- I know Mt Palomar well. My daughter went to UCSD in La Jolla. Your granddaughter looks adorable in her ranger outfit and looks like she is going to be a mover and a shaker! Fun job! (((Hugz)))