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Century plant puts on a show in Trophy Club

05/30/2013 3:32 PM

05/31/2013 8:05 AM

It was 12 years ago when Jim Moss planted an agave americana — also known as a century plant — in his backyard in Trophy Club.

“I just bought it in a bucket from a nursery somewhere and didn’t think much about it,” he said.

He and his wife, Susan, have watched its base grow over the years, but about six weeks ago, the plant began to put on a show outside their home at 979 Trophy Club Drive.

Its stalk began to grow ... and grow ... and grow and it now stands about 30-feet high, adorned with yellow flowers.

“It just totally blows my mind,” Susan Moss said.

“I’d never seen one before, but it’s really something,” Jim Moss said.

The ornamental plant is native to Mexico and can be found worldwide. It’s known for its spectacular bloom, which also signals the end is near.

For once the bloom is finished, the plant dies.

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