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The "sheep-eating" plant Puya chilensis has bloomed for the first time at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden Wisley in the U.K.

In its native Chile, Puya chiensis uses its enormous neon spikes to trap sheep in the Andes mountains. After razor-sharp spines on the tips of its leaves ensnare the animal, it starves to death and decomposes at the base of the plant, becoming its favored fertilizer.

This Puya chilensis has been growing at the RHS garden for 15 years, and has reached nearly ten feet tall. Each individual blossom measures about two inches across and contains enough nectar for a person to drink. It is expected to remain in bloom for about a week.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve finally coaxed our Puya chilensis into flower," said Cara Smith, who looks after the plant at RHS Garden Wisley. "We keep it well fed with liquid fertiliser as feeding it on its natural diet might prove a bit problematic," she said.

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