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Century plants in Albany

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October 2, 2002

Albany- You may have seen some odd-looking plants on Jefferson Street in Albany. If you did not know, they're called Century plants.

They aren't native to the Albany area. They are normally found in areas in California, West Texas and northern Mexico. The name comes from an old folklore suggesting the plant only blooms once over many years.

The scientific name for the plant is Agabi Americana. The leaves usually grow about ten to fifteen inches in length, and it is used to make the alcoholic beverage, Tequila.

The Century plants were planted in Albany about thirty years ago.

Posted at 5:10PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com