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Little yellow flowers signal resurgence for Halifax's famed agave plant

While the city gardener was starting to lose hope that it would ever bloom, little yellow flowers have budded on Halifax’s celebrated plant.

The plant dubbed 'Agave Maria' is drawing visitors to the Halifax Public Gardens

The agave plant in Halifax's Public Gardens was budding on Aug. 2 and will be in full bloom within days. (Steve Berry/CBC)

While the city gardener was starting to lose faith that it would ever bloom, little yellow flowers have budded on Halifax's famous agave plant.

Within the next couple of days, the plant — affectionately dubbed Agave Maria — will be in full bloom in the Public Gardens.

The Agave americana, commonly known as the century plant, grows a huge asparagus-like stalk that flowers once in a 25-year lifespan before the plant dies.

This spring, the plant was moved outdoors because it was getting too big to fit in the greenhouse.

In May, Heidi Boutilier, a horticulturalist with the municipality, said she suspected cold weather may have killed the plant before it had the chance to flower.

After the agave blooms, the plant will die. (Steve Berry/CBC)

But people were flocking to the gardens to get a glimpse of the new buds on Thursday.

"It is absolutely amazing," said Paula Blades, who was visiting Halifax from Cape Breton. "I've been following it online. But seeing it up close, in person, is pretty amazing."

Small yellow buds are emerging on Halifax's agave plant. (Steve Berry/CBC)

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