Devon

Plant flowers in Overbeck's garden after 25 year wait

Furcraea
Image caption Gardeners will be collecting seeds from the plant to grow a new Furcraea

A plant which only flowers once every 25 years has come into bloom at a National Trust property in south Devon.

Gardeners at Overbeck's noticed changes in the Furcraea, which normally looks like a yucca plant, in the first weeks of May.

Since then it has vigorously come into life, growing an 11ft (3.3m) spike covered with flowers and buds.

But the plant, which originates from Mexico, uses all its energy to create the spike and then dies.

Head gardener Cat Saunders said: "It puts all its eggs into one basket but after growing about 3in (7.6cm) a day, it just runs out of juice.

"I feel really lucky to be working here at this time - it's not your everyday gardening experience."

The gardeners will collect seeds from the plant to grow for a new generation of Furcraea, but of course that could be another 25-year wait.

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