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Rare Mojave Desert plant finally flowers after 50-year wait

A rare desert plant that was brought from California’s Mojave Desert to a botanical garden in Berkeley 50 years ago has just flowered for the first time. 

The giant nolina in bloom.
The giant nolina in bloom. Image by East Bay Regional Park District Facebook

The giant nolina is 15ft tall and has a companion nolina next to it that is yet to bloom. Once the flowers open, staff will be able to identify if it’s a male or female plant, before the flowers fade and the plant goes back to being just a plant for another half century or so. Visitors can see the nolina in Tilden Regional Park which is open daily. Read more: sfist.com