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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Climb to Smell the Flowers at Fort Griffin

Now this is one tall plant! Fort Griffin State Historic Site's Century Plant (Agave Americana) is blooming - all the way to 18 feet. This native plant is known for its height and only occasional flowering. After the plant blooms, it dies, but new shoots sprout from its base continuing its growth. The plant has an average life span of 28 years. Pictured with Fort Griffin's blooming beauty is Eric Abercrombie, assistant site manager of the fort.

Fort Griffin is located 70 miles south of Abilene and located in the Texas Forts Trail Region.


  1. Just a little correction....Fort Griffin is 50 miles Northeast of Abilene.