For 20 to 25 years, century plants don't do much of anything except grow bigger around and somewhat higher. But then, all of a sudden they do this. Put out a chute that goes straight up in the air. It doesn't grow this thing over night like Jack's beanstalk. But it grows it over the course of just a few weeks. That's pretty quickly compared to the years it didn't do much of anything. This one is in the yard of Ben and Amanda Bradley. And Amanda says it came as a gift to them, sort of a souvenir.
"Well this particular one was given to us by the Norwood's. And the Norwood's son lived in Las Vegas. So, he brought us one and my husband set it out and that's been about 22 years ago," said Bradley.
The babies or pups are really how the plant reproduces. It flowers so infrequently that it couldn't depend solely on making seeds. Doesn't make them that often. That's why they call it a century plant. It seems that it takes it a hundred years for it to bloom. But not really. They'll usually bloom after about 20 to 25 years or so. And when they bloom, it's the final act for the plant.
"Well once the blooms come out, then it is going to kill the plant. It will take all its resources and kill that plant. It will eventually start squatting a little, a little bit more until it kills it," Bradley.
But after it's gone, it's not like it's really gone. Because it leaves a lot of babies behind.
"If you don't keep the babies dug out then you've got a big bunch of children just sitting around waiting for somebody to come and get them. But I've got enough babies to give everybody in Jackson some," said Bradley.
Meanwhile, the stalk continues to attract neighbors who stop by asking what the plant is doing.
"One lady came by and stood her children out here and took pictures with it," said Bradley.
This plant still has a little more blooming to do before it's through. It will form clusters of white bell-like blooms on its branches before it's over. But when it's over, it's over. Until the puppies start blooming around the year 2032 or so.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:58:28 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:52:18 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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