Opening Flowers With Hammers

Mark J. Janssen
4 min readJan 11, 2024

It’s been said that you can’t open flowers with a hammer.

The agave plant, better known as the century plant from the Southwestern USA, Mexico and Central America stays dormant for years at a time. It will suddenly undergo a growth spurt sending up a stalk as tall as forty feet. The stalk might flower. It might not. Whether or not it flowers, those blossoms do not grow seeds that will become new plants. The agave quietly, unseen and unknown, sends off underground shoots. In that way it’s not very different from popular plants such as hens and chicks or bulbs like tulips and…

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Mark J. Janssen

Mark Janssen is a Catholic Druid, mystic visionary and author who writes a weekly blog. His memoir “Reach for the Stars” is available online.