Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator, published April 8, 2016.
During the spring, southern Arizona landscapes experience a change. Cholla and prickly pears are blooming, wildflowers are in full color, and the spiky, long leaved plants known as agave are beginning their bloom which happens only once in an agave's lifetime. During flowering, a tall inflorescence grows out of the center at an incredibly fast rate and then the plant begins to die. In Tucson, agaves will be celebrated as part of Agave Heritage Week from May 3-8.