Scene while walking: April 8, 2014

I was on a business trip in Arizona over the weekend, and took a nice walk with a friend who was there for the same meeting. We ran across this very large plant, which she aptly described as a “giant asparagus”. We don’t know what it is, but it was fascinating – especially when we came across another that was starting the blooming phase… (if you know what this is, please educate us in the comments!)

EDITED 8 April 2014: turns out this is a “century plant” (Agave americana) but they don’t take 100 years to bloom. They do take 10 or more years to bloom, and they only do it once – and then they die! So we were quite fortunate to have seen two at one time.

I swear this is a real succulent - and it was super tall (that's why it takes two photos to show it).

I swear this is a real succulent – and it was super tall (that’s why it takes two photos to show it).

 

Here's the base.

Here’s the base.

 

And here's one that has opened up to start blooming...

And here’s one that has opened up to start blooming…