What is a Century Plant?

Many Columbians will recognize the large plant that seems to spill over on to Rosewood Drive. But the plant saw more buzz in the Summer of 2017 due to the fact it started to resemble something out of a Dr. Seuss story. A giant stalk started growing from the plant to the power lines, seemingly overnight.

The plant is a "Century Plant", also known as Agave americana. But what exactly is a century plant, and why the sudden appearance of the stalk? SCETV's Palmetto Scene has answers.