Agave sprouts 20 feet at D.C. horticulturist's home

08/19/2010 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Bill McLaughlin's day job is horticulturist at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., but he also uses his green thumb at home and managed to grow an agave in his front yard for the past 14 years. The feat is impressive because agave is not known to survive harsh East Coast winters, and this summer its spiky leaves grew to more than 20 feet in the air. McLaughlin is skeptical it can survive another winter.

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