But did you know that cactus bloom? One in particular puts on quite the show. The maguey.
The flowering stem above is over 7 feet tall. While traveling in the high desert area of Mexico, and the Baja region, I have seen them over 20 feet tall. Impressive.
The "flower" section starts out with these buds. They remind me of day lillies.
When they finally do open, they display these seeds, not flowers at all. Still magical as they dance in the wind.
The sad thing about this plant is that once it blooms, it dies. This is the second one that I have planted in this location. The first one did the same thing, bloomed and died. Usually they put out a baby plant at the base and life goes on. This time, not.
A healthy maguey. Or at least what passes for healthy in this salt laden air.
The maguey are not the only ones putting on a show right now. The aloes are following suit.
These plants are not known for their showy flowers, but interesting all the same.
On the plus side, these plants don't die in child birth. Aloes send up babies from the ground, like a rhizome, so I am not sure why they bother to bloom at all.