This Agave salmiana, housed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, decided to flower – always a spectacular sight, even if the flower stem still has some way to travel.

Here is a recent photo taken by our branch member Eddie Adams – and how this ends can be seen in a forum posting by Geoff Bowman, who gave a talk to our branch last year. His documentation is great to get a sense of scale: Geoff had to take out several panes of glass from the greenhouse roof; the plant itself was planted out in his commercial-style greenhouse and with free root-run grew to about a couple of meters in height (and rather wider).

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