Thursday, January 27, 2011

Century Plant and Sotol


I've been a fan of the Century Plant (Agave americana) for a long time, ever since I lived in Northern Arizona 10 years ago. They don't flower often and die after they do, which is rather tragic, eh? But that's not so bad because there are shoots that are produced at the base of the agave that will grow into it's own. (kinda like when you see one of those weird shoots on the stump of a tree). These guys can get up to almost 30 feet high - impressive and awesome. I really love seeing them scattered around desert landscapes. Sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri) isn't so shabby either. They can get to be around 16 feet or so and have a really nice huge plume of good lookin' flowers. Sotol fiber is crazy strong and used to make all sorts of stuff from walking sticks to shoes to liquor, yeehaw! (Century Plant is the below 2 photos, Sotol the top photo) Skywatch Scenic Sunday

42 comments:

Barb said...

Fabulous skies to backdrop the plants.

Gaelyn said...

I like to see the century plant rise tall into the sky. Wonder if the fruit is edible like the yucca. Have used that stout stalk for walking sticks.

Out on the prairie said...

I had some of the century plant dried blooms for years as decoration.They must put that tall flower up to allow them to spread better.

Woody said...

The 3rd shot really give you perspective to just how big that sucker is!

LauraX said...

beautiful!

clairz said...

Now that I live in the desert, I've learned to appreciate these plants. Fewer trees here, more sotols. And to think that I missed the trees so much at first!

Thanks for sharing these photos.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous skies and such an interesting and lovely century plant! I've always loved them, too. Fantastic captures as always, Jill! Have a great day!

Sylvia

Eaglesbrother said...

Wonderful plant and great skies.

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking plant and pretty skies. Wonderful photos, Jill!

Tricia said...

Interesting & what great sky shots! =)

vincibene said...

Wonderful and interesting series!

Mama Zen said...

I had no idea that they got so big!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow Jill, these images are all GREAT!!!

Regina said...

These are incredible!
Happy SWF weekend Jill.
Regards.

Gary said...

Great shots and a really interesting post as usual. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carver said...

That is a wonderful plant and a beautiful sky too!

joey said...

Lovely popcorn clouds and plant.

Mark Kreider said...

Thanks for the botanical lesson. I've never seen this plant or known anything about it but it's name. Very nice shots!

Titania said...

I love them too, they are so majestic. Many agave do the same flowring once in their lifetime.

Ebie said...

Impressive photos! Love that beautiful agave!

Marie said...

I had no idea they got so big or that they died after flowering -- that's really interesting. And your photos are just beautiful!

Photo Cache said...

they are beautiful plants.

Karen said...

Interesting plants and beautiful skies.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

We had one in our front yard. When the plant came to pass on, growing that stalk up from the center, I had to deal with it right away or the stalk would pass right through the powerlines leading to the house. In sawing the stalk and leaves away, the juices got onto my arms and chest (no shirt on). The itch and pain was so intense I was moments away from dialing 911 before the washing with soap and water finally got the misery to subside some. Who would thought one could have an allergic reaction to agave? Not me.

Kim, USA said...

Oh wow that plant is huge!! And I love your sky too. Happy Friday!
Sky Watch

Modern Mom said...

Beautiful plants and fabulous skies.

My SWF.

Light and Voices said...

Howdy! I was lucky enough to see a century plant in bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden many years ago. Your skywatch post was very interesting this week.
Joyce M

Larry D said...

That is an amazing plant! Super photos!

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Arija said...

It is always exciting to see something strange and exotic.
We have Mexican Agave growing wild near old crumbled homesteads. They to have a habit of dyeing
after they flower. I guess flowering is their swan song.

Jidhu Jose said...

awesome shots

happy SWF

ladyfi said...

Fabulous flowers reaching up to those gorgeous fluffy skies!

Esther Garvi said...

Wow! You do anything justice!!

DrillerAA09 said...

Outstanding photo set. Truly wonderful compositions.

Marites said...

great compositions!! I've never seen a plant like it and it's beautifully captured by your photos.

Genie said...

The blue, blue skies in the background make for the most beautiful shots. The composition is excellent. The century plant is so interesting...would love to see one. Your commentary made to photos all the more interesting. Nice post this week.

TorAa said...

Hi,
congrats to be the first this week.
Hooray.
Your Photos are really interesting.

hugs
from
Tor in Norway

xinex said...

Very interesting and your photos are fabulous!...Christine

Anonymous said...

Wow! Amazing captured. I really like all of the photos.

Everything And Everywhere said...

Oh, sorry, I didn't mean that put my comment on anonymous. It's me say; "Wow! Amazing captured! I really like all the photos." Have a wonderful Sunday!

anw said...

Agave is nice from a distance...but I've been stabbed by too many while working in Puerto Rico to like them much anymore!

casseydab said...

fantastic shot..love it