Agave Plant Nears End of One Time Flowering Process

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ANN ARBOR (AP) -- The University of Michigan says an 80-year-old plant is nearing the end of its one-time-only flowering process.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens horticulture manager Mike Palmer says the American agave says the plant has only a few days remaining.

He told The Ann Arbor News for a story Wednesday that "it will probably flower for another three to five days, then it will be completely done."

Conservatory workers have been pollinating the agave by hand since the Mexican long-nosed bat and different types of moths than naturally pollinate it aren't around.

Once the flowering process is complete, the 28-foot-plant will die.

The agave is native to Mexico and the American Southwest and has been a hit in Ann Arbor since its growth accelerated in April.

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