Agave americana is a species of plants belonging to Agavacea family. Native to south-eastern and northern Mexico, it is cultivated and became naturalized in many warm countries (Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Macaronesia, and in the southern Mediterranean Basin). In moderate climates it is kept in pots as an ornamental plant.
Like other Agave, it’s monocarpic – flowers once in its lifetime, and then dies. It sometimes takes several tens of years before it grows tall enough to bloom. Then, the middle of rosette sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with thousands of six-fold tubular fragrant yellow blossoms. The flowers grow up to 10 m long. When the plant withers, its capsules shed seeds, and Agave fades away – it leaves behind the seeds and several baby rosettes which have grown at the base of the plant.
The project „Waiting” refers to the relationship between people and plants, as well as to the vanitas theme.
The last photo in the set comes comes with Library of Congress.