These stalks grow like this at a rapid rate. This one is in the yard of the house across the street from our house, and I can stand at my doorway and watch its progress towards the sky. Truly – that is barely an exaggeration. If I stand in exactly the same spot every morning and measure the stalk against the roofline of the neighbor’s house, it is obvious that the plant has been quite busy overnight.
Much to my surprise, this stalk feels like cement when touched. I thought it would be like a plant’s make up, but it is so very strong – I presume because of its eventual height, and the need to remain upright for many months.
Once the blossoms come out, they will stay for a while, and then the whole thing collapses. The interesting thing about these plants is that they seem to be volunteers. They come up all over the place, most notably right at the edge of where an open space meets a concrete pad or driveway. I guess they get extra moisture at that location during the rainy season. If they are not removed when they are first noticed, they can be difficult to extricate later.
This hot weather has brought out many animals to drink from our water pond. It is now necessary to refill it morning and evening. I have the card out of the camera on my desk just now, and will be taking a peek soon. Perhaps there will be something of interest to report very soon on ANIMALS SPOTTED. ;->