An agave in bloom is a spectacular sight. Flower masts can tower twenty feet or more above the ground. Sadly, they bloom only once then die. Often the dead masts will remain upright and tall in the landscape for many years, providing safe nesting sites for birds and rodents.
For native peoples the agave was a multipurpose toolkit providing food, drink and fiber. Later inhabitants preferred to make tequila, mescal and sotol from various varieties of agave. They are the legendary firewater of desert America. Makes you crazy they say and don’t forget to eat the worm. Mescal and hot sun is a dangerous combination.