We were really surprised to see this giant asparagus-like bloom from one of our agave plants that seemed to have spouted overnight. At about 20 feet high, this giant sprout marks the end of this plant's life. Agave plants like this are also called "century plants", because of the time it takes for the plant to reach this stage of bloom. I doubt this one is that old, but it's pretty fascinating to see how such a drought resistant plant can grow such a crazy looking bloom.
We've found a few great places in and around LA that have a wonderful selection of native plants and succulents. Sunset Nursery has an extensive selection of succulents and other plants, and Everything Gardens in Atwater Village has a diverse garden full of various native plants. Also on the Eastside is Darling's Flowers, which you've probably seen from the 101 freeway. And while we have yet to visit this place, California Nursery Specialties in the Valley seems like an amazing place to find both cacti and giant dinosaur lawn ornaments.