Here is a flower stalk of an Agave americana, what may be one plant species
which grows the tallest flowering STALK of flowering plants.
It blooms ONCE at about the 25-30 year point.
Wiki: Agave americana, commonly known as the century plant, maguey, or American aloe (although it is in a different family from the Aloe), is an agave originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant.
Did you know? The maguey plant, Tequila 103
May 15th, earliest photo (12 feet) May 28th, 15-18 feet tall.
June 10th and June 12, begining to make side branches )
June 18th and June 25th, flower buds beginning to show (nearing 25 feet tall?)
July 1st and July 12th, from underneath. Shows how flower buds continue to be added.
July 1st, mother plant has instructed a few baby piggy-back plants to send up stalks as well July 12th
July 12th Estimated to be 35 FEET TALL! Still waiting for flowers to OPEN! Come back later to see it when the flowers open!
July 13, 2012. How tall today? At 2:53pm today, the sun attitude angle was 63.26, and the shadow across the driveway to the tip was 18 feet. Then using the trigonometry/triangle-angles, it computes 35.72 feet for the height. Sounds pretty Right On to me!