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'Century plant' set to bloom soon

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A century plant is set to bloom just across the street from Brooks Plaza at Midtown.

The plant's flower spike can grow up to 20 feet, and can grow two feet a day.

It takes at least 10 years for the plant to save up enough energy to produce the flowers.

"I seriously doubt I'll be here to see it the next time it blooms," said Stacy Cull. "Even for my children to see. I had no idea we had a plant like this in Albany." 

Once those blooms die, it produces smaller plants underneath. Even though it's called a century plant, it can bloom every 10 or 20 years, but the blooms don't last long.

Here is what Wikipedia says about Agave americana:

Its common names are century plant, maguey, or American aloe. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae, originally native to Mexico, Arizona, and Texas but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. It has become naturalized in many regions including the West Indies, parts of South America, the Mediterranean Basin, parts of Africa, India, China, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, and an assortment of oceanic islands.

Despite the common name "American aloe," it is not closely related to plants in the genus Aloe.

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