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The Nare coun­try house ho­tel by the sea, on the Rose­land Penin­sula is cel­e­brat­ing the highly an­tic­i­pated flow­er­ing of its Agave Amer­i­cana, for the first time in 25 years.

Agave Amer­i­cana, also known as ‘The Cen­tury Plant’, flower just once, at the end of their life af­ter no fewer than 20 years. This time is spent stor­ing huge re­serves of food in its leaves to pro­duce a thick and tall cen­tral shoot from which the flow­ers burst forth.

The Nare’s Agave be­gan its flow­er­ing process in Jan­uary and has since grown to over 27ft tall. It took 190 days to pro­duce its first flower, which ap­peared in July. Over the next few days all of the flow­ers blos­somed with nec­tar so sweet it was soon en­gulfed with deliri­ous bees. Its tall shoot and rosette-shaped suc­cu­lents cre­ated a truly stun­ning spec­ta­cle when viewed against the back­drop of the sea of Ger­rans Bay.

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