There's a very unique plant growing in Warner Robins, one that most people have probably never seen, or much less heard of.
Buddy and Judy Miles planted the cactus 18 years ago in their backyard, and hoped that one day they would see it bloom.
"We'd never figure we'd see it bloom, but then it did. We've never seen another one bloom, except in books. And most people we tell about it have never seen it," Buddy said.
The Century Plant typically takes nearly 50 years for it to bloom and produce its stalk. The Miles' took less than half that time.
Back in early April, the couple noticed the cactus began to sprout an asparagus looking stalk from the middle of the plant. About one month later, that stalk peaked at nearly 35 feet from the base.
"We'd never seen the bloom before. This is a one time, lifetime thing for us," Judy says.
The plant originated in Mexico, where it has been used to make ropes, as well as tequila. Buddy and Judy say they likely won't use their plant for either of those. Rather, they are enjoying it while they have it. The Century Plant typically only lives six weeks once it sprouts and blooms. After that, the stalk and plant will wither and die. But, the seeds of the plant can be pulled and re-planted. Buddy and Judy are hoping to get another one planted in their yard again that will take root.
Century Plants are somewhat common in the Southeast area, so be careful if you see one. The leaves at the base have very sharp ends that can be dangerous if they poke into the skin. Judy's accidentally bumped into a spike, leaving her hand numb for more than two hours.