The Arid Garden is home to what looks kind of like an over-grown asparagus—way over-grown. It’s a “Smooth Agave” (aka Agave weberi). You may be familiar with agave as a sweetener. Agave weberi is part of the succulent plant family and is typically found in Mexico and the southwest United States. Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture, says the emerging stalk (called a peduncle) means the plant will be blooming soon. It is over six feet tall now and growing a couple inches every day. Agave plants can grow up to 26 feet tall. When it does bloom, the Smooth Agave will have bright yellow flowers and may produce bulbils or seeds. We hope it does; most agave are monocarpic, meaning they only bloom/flower once in their life cycle.