The Agave victoriae-reginae at the International Peace Garden conservatory began flowering in January and will continue to flower until the end of May.
The plant, otherwise known as ‘Queen Victoria’s Agave’, is one of the most beautiful and slowest growing of all agaves. Like all ‘century-plants’ this agave is monocarpic, which means that it will only flower once in its life and then die.
The effort of flowering completely drains the plant of the resources it has built up over many years, even decades. Queen Victoria’s agave is currently endangered in its native habitat of North Eastern Mexico, but very common in cultivation.
The impressive inflorescence towers eight-feet high above the mere two-foot high plant. Queen Victoria’s agaves can take anywhere from 15-30 years to flower, depending on the growing conditions. This agave is approximately 30 years old, so it almost certainly lived out its maximum expected lifespan.
Folks are invited to visit the International Peace Garden to see this amazing cactus, as well as the 6,000 other cacti and succulents on display at the Garden’s conservatory. It’s a collection worth visiting at any time of the year, but right now is an especially good time to come to see which cacti are flowering.
Each day offers a different experience since cacti flower for only a brief period of time and each seems to have its own schedule.
For more information on what’s coming up at the International Peace Garden, go online to www.peacegarden.com.