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Agave Gold    1999

Scientifically known as Agave missionum, this golden giant flowers in magnificent splendor once in 10 to 25 years throughout the Caribbean. Known as Century Plant (because it seems like a century before it blooms) the Agave's sweet nectar is food for birds, bats, bees and a host of flying and crawling insects. Agaves heavily populate the Coral Bay/East End areas of St. John. Blossoming in April and May, they punctuate the skyline like jeweled totems protecting all that surrounds them. The spent flower stalks are traditionally cut for use as Christmas trees in local homes. They are quite festive adorned with twinkling lights and ornaments, and of course there is no need to worry about those messy little pine needles.