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A Silversword in bloom while hiking Haleakala Crater on Maui

Silverswords habitat is at an elevation of 7000 - 10,000 ft in soil composed of volcanic cinders and live between 3 and 90 years as a low, round bush. At the end of their life, they send up a flowering stalk that can grow over 6 feet tall within a few weeks and produce up to 600 flower heads. They only flower once and die soon afterward, scattering drying seeds to the wind.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 10.2016
Photo Location: Kula, Hawaii, United States of America
Camera: Nexus 6P
Copyright: © Jennifer Smith