Agave plant to produce 1 and only bloom, then die


In this June 18, 2014 photo provided by the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, flower buds are ready to bloom on an American agave plant at the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Mich. The 80-year-old American agave plant that will flower once then die is close to doing the former. Housed at the University of the Michigan since 1934, the plant has been growing so rapidly since the spring that it now stands over 27 feet _ too tall for the conservatory, which removed a pane of glass to make room. (AP Photo/University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens) ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An 80-year-old American agave plant that will flower once then die is about to do the former.