The Royal Horticultural Society in Surrey, England, announced that its specimen of the plant Puya chilensis is ready to bloom, after being cultivated for 15 years. The flower is expected to last about a week once it blossoms in a few days. The Chilean plant is not as innocuous as it appears at first glance.
In the Andes it uses its sharp spines to snare and trap sheep and other animals, which slowly starve to death.
The animals then decay at the base of the plant, acting as a fertiliser.
The RHS feeds its specimen on liquid fertiliser.