Rochester. 1869. pp. Light scattered soiling. A few creases. Very good. Item #WRCAM43187
Advertisement for the Century Plant, or American Aloe, grown in Rochester, N.Y. at the Genesee Valley Nurseries. The front of the sheet shows a woodcut of the plant in flower, with explanatory text on the reverse, giving the history of the plant. The Century Plant, a native of Mexico and so-called because it was believed to bloom only once every hundred years, shoots up an enormous blooming stalk at the end of its life. This stalk can reach up to thirty feet or more, growing at a rate of about five inches a day. This was quite a rare and marvellous occurrence at the time, and was widely advertised. The explanatory text notes that their plant is about seventy-five years old, thirty feet in circumference, with a flower stem currently eighteen feet high. The greenhouse roof has been raised by thirty feet to accommodate the plant, and a platform erected for better viewing.