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Here are two mighty flower spikes of Agave salmiana. These desert plants are native to the dry plains of Mexico. They grow for many years as spiky tipped giant rosettes, and then once large enough, surge into flower. These huge central spikes, looking like asparagus spears, will ultimately branch out and be covered in nectar filled yellow flowers. It is very unusual to see one Agave flower in cultivation, let alone four right next to each other. These species are even rarer to see in flower out of doors in the UK, and are racing against the autumn as the nights draw in and temperatures drop. We expect the final height to exceed 4m.

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