Members of Carleton University’s Department of Biology are carefully watching a resident agave plant, as it blooms after more than 30 years in the campus’ tropical greenhouse.

Sprouting from a towering stalk, the Queen Victoria agave surprised faculty and staff when it started to bloom after several decades of dormant behaviour.

Carleton will host a media availability for journalists to view this rare event and discuss the bloom with Greenhouse Manager Ed Bruggink.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at 3 p.m.
Where: Greenhouse of the Nesbitt Biology Building, Carleton University
Info: A campus map is available online.

Resembling an asparagus spear, the tall stalk from which the bloom emerges can grow up to five metres. During the stalk’s rapid growth, it was climbing at a rate of 30 centimetres every few days.

A story on the plant and its once-in-a-lifetime flower can be found online.

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Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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