Haligonians line up for seeds from agave that captured city’s heart

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WATCH: People lined up at the Halifax Public Gardens greenhouse on Thursday to take away a tiny piece of Halifax plant history. Alexa MacLean reports – Jan 31, 2019

Haligonians lined up in the cold Thursday for a crack at free seeds from a desert plant that briefly thrived outdoors in this North Atlantic city – and became beloved.

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The Agave americana drew crowds to the Halifax Public Gardens last summer after being transplanted from a greenhouse in anticipation of its final farewell.

It bloomed and became a social media sensation, with many flocking to the downtown gardens to snap a photo next to the impressive plant.

When it died, staff spent weeks drying out the plant and extracting the ripe seeds.

On Thursday, the gardens distributed about 150 seeds on a first-come, first-served basis.

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WATCH: Halifax’s famous agave plant nears its end

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Halifax’s famous agave plant nears its end – Nov 2, 2018

People of various ages who were interested in trying to grow their own agave stood in a line that stretched down the block, before organizers posted a handwritten message saying they were out.

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