We are fortunate to have some beautiful plants at Areena, and
coming across this beautiful flower, I decided I need to know more about it. While
doing research on this magnificent specimen of an Agave Attenuata, loving known
as ‘the swan’s neck’ I came across some interesting points regarding this
plant, that I thought you might find as interesting as I did.
While being extremely drought resistant, these plants, growing
in a rosette formation, can get up to two meters in diameter, and after 4 or 5
years sends out a magnificent flower spike of up to 3 or more metres tall.
This is where the interesting information lies, the agave is monocarpic, which means they only flower once and
then die. This beautiful flower spike, mimicking a swans neck, hence its common
name, is the notice of its impending death. Each spike bears individual creamy
green flowers in abundance, weighing down the spike into its signature swans
neck curve. Rather ironic, its swan’s neck flower is also its swan song.
So now you know more about this popular plant, you may have in your garden, enjoy it for its shape and form, and drought resistant qualities.