The Century Plant

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This is a Century Plant that I stopped to photograph while Brad and I were hiking the Devil’s Bridge Trail in Sedona, Arizona. (Clearly, I’m on a Sedona kick). This was just one of many century plants scattered throughout the clay that rests at the base of the red rocks. They bloom every 100 years, sprinkling seeds before withering away to nothing. The seeds sprout up in their place, raising an entirely new generation of century plants. When the plant is bloomed, a tall stalk arises from the center with budding yellow flowers springing from the top. The turquoise of the century plant, also known as Agave Americana, stands out amongst the rusty landscape. It’s a beautiful plant with a deep history, and if you’d like to learn more about it, I encourage you!

Also, if you want to see more cool shots like this, check out the images I just added to my photo gallery on the homepage, & follow @meandering.martians !

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