Yesterday while showing a horse ranch in Moorpark, I saw something I don't recall seeing ever before ... a blooming Century Plant (Agave). And this one was the size of a mature African elephant, with a stem that had to be at least a foot and a half in diameter, and maybe 25 feet tall. They are called Century Plants, because it could seem like 100 years before these plants ever bloom. In order to bloom, this plant had to have been near the end of it's 30 year life span, and will die after blooming.
Apparently the plant doesn't mind the dry whether. For that matter, while riding the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, I've noticed as many blooming yuccas this spring than I've ever seen. Anyone who thinks lawns are pretty, really needs to see these plants flourish with nearly no watering. A landscape of manzanita, yucca, and sage that is ultra drought tolerant, is more beautiful than a water sucking lawn any day.
Anyone who wants to see this rare vision can call Nona Green, 818 426-2292 and consider buying an amazing 20+ Acre working Ranch with a 3 BR home, all for only $1,200,000.
"Agave July 2011-1" by Alvesgaspar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.