A woman at the Charleston Farmers Market told me that the death of a century plant after blooming was a myth. "Don't throw it out!"
I tried to imagine myself gathering up this 8-ft in diameter mass of thorns from among the deadly mess that was once a beautiful desert garden. However, she was one of those people who answers what she thinks you will say before you open your mouth. Therefore, I smiled and left her to converse alone.
Since we moved in our house, various visitors have told us that we had a century plant that would one day bloom and die. We have joked and laughed about the idea for years. Then a few years ago, the cactus became so large that it began growing arms into the driveway, scratching our cars with its 4- to 5- inch thorns. At that point, I began telling people that i was ready for the thing to
Now here we are-the end of an era, but not really. It has produced at least ten more just like it--very healthy and growing well. And of course we have all those seed pods!!