Looking good now
The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
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Beschorneria yuccoides

As the two mighty flower spikes elongate to perhaps 1.5 metres from the rosette of lance-shaped leaves, they looks like twin Lowly Worms on an ill-advised steroid programme! It becomes more elegant as lateral flowering branches begin to extend out from the fleshy spike, each ending in clusters of green and pink bells.
I do like this matter-of-fact Cool Tropical Plants website description for Beschorneria yuccoides:

'It possess few of the annoying habits that are often associated with spiky plants, such as:
•Stabbing you
•Dying after flowering
•Rotting in winter
•Slow growth.'

What more could you ask for?!

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