Whatever happened to Blogger this week ate some posts. But here's this one:
Its longevity - somewhat exaggerated - lends it one of its common names - the Century Plant. The Agave americana is also known as the maguey, and it's an important plant in Mexican culture. Its fibrous leaves are used to make rope and cloth. Its sweet sap is fermented to make pulque, which can be distilled into mezcal. Similarly, tequila is made from another agave species.
The cool thing about the Century Plant is that it only blooms once - and then it dies. So all those thirty years or so of growth is focused on one blossom.
|May 1st, as it starts|
|Mothers Day weekend|