As regular followers of our social media channels will be aware, we have a very special botanical event underway at the Port Arthur Historic Site (and if you don’t follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you really should!)
Our Century Plant (Agave americana) is flowering, and putting on a pretty spectacular display right in front of the Commandant’s House.
This native of Mexico and the southwestern USA lives typically for around 25-30 years. Near the end of its life it produces the huge flower spike that we’ve shown in previous posts. These buds will produce yellow flowers, after which the plant will die. It produces suckers from its roots which will take another 25 years or more to flower and repeat the cycle.
It is not unusual to find them in gardens of the Victorian era around Tasmania, including the garden at the residence of Port Arthur’s Commandant, where this specimen can be viewed. We love it’s cheery yellow blooms and simply cannot get over how majestic that flower spike is. It can be spotted from the other side of Mason Cove.
If you’d like to see it for yourself, you’d better be quick, as there’s unlikely to be another flowering for 25-30 years.