Garfield Park’s agave plant is having a growth spurt in the midst of a frigid winter. Here’s why.

For around 55 years, the Agave americana plant at Garfield Park Conservatory has been growing slowly upward and outward, conserving its energy, waiting to produce its grand finale: a towering stalk that will flower and turn to seed.

Then, the plant will start to die.

The stalk of Garfield Park…

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