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The Matthaei American agave in bloom last year. Photo: YouTube/Matthaei Botanical Gardens The Matthaei American agave in bloom last year. Photo: YouTube/Matthaei Botanical Gardens
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

A plant that has been around for an unusually long 80 years at the University of Michigan has about a month to live.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens horticulture manager Mike Palmer says the American agave will have its 20-plus-foot-long stalk chopped down sometime in March.

The agave completed its one-time-only flowering process last year. Now that it has served its purpose, its life is coming to a close.

Palmer says the agave produced "tons" of seeds, which will be used in part to grow a new agave where it now stands in the glass-enclosed conservatory.

The agave that has called Ann Arbor home since 1934 started growing rapidly taller last spring, an indicator it was preparing to bloom.

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