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The Agave Plant's Asparagus Death Fetish - The Awl

You never know when youll sprout a giant asparagus spear from your heart. This is what agave plants decide to doout of nowhereafter sitting quietly in your yard for fifteen or twenty years. In Austin, Texas, agave plants are a static detail on the landscapeyou find them arranged out front of your favorite mid-priced Mexican restaurant, trapped in a traffic island between a Bed Bath & Beyond and a Whataburger, groomed into oversized pineapples in grandma lawns. I have two of them in my yard and didnt even realize it until one poked me in theleg.