- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

DUNSEITH, N.D. (AP) - An agave is still in bloom at the International Peace Garden Conservatory in Dunseith, but only for a little while longer.

The Queen Victoria’s Agave, which is native to northeastern Mexico and common in cultivation, is estimated to be around 30 years old and is nearing the end of its bloom, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1zjcQya ) reported. The agave is a monocarpic plant, meaning it will only flower once before it dies.

“It’s kind of the culmination of its life, one last hoo ha,” said conservatory horticulturalist Johannes Olwage. He added that the plant still has a tall flower stalk around 8 feet high.

Because blooming uses up all of the plant’s resources, once the bloom begins to fade, it slowly will wither and die. Olwage estimates it could take a year or so for the plant to die.

Hundreds of other plants, including about 6,000 cacti and succulents, are still on display in the conservatory.

“All the plants are growing so it’s really the best time of the year to see the conservatory,” said Olwage.

The Peace Garden Conservatory is open seven days a week.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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