Unique Silversword plant

This is a very cool "sandwich plant" (LOL: Argyroxiphium sandwicense): i.e. a rare plant commonly known as Haleakala silversword. When it reaches a diameter of approximately 0.5 meters (1.6 ft), it produces a tall stalk of maroon ray flowers which resemble the sunflower in just a few weeks and then it dies.

And here it is in bloom: smells heavenly. Resembles a mixture of honey and lavender...

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