Here’s the deal. Puya chilensis is a plant that is native to Chile. They tried to plant one in the United Kingdom. Fifteen years later, it happened. The plant is known as the “sheep-eating” plant because it famously captures sheep in its spines and eventually uses the starved dead carcass as fertilizer for itself. Pretty cool, huh? Now, after fifteen years of coaxing this thing, it has finally bloomed. However, it’s not as special as the news headlines might make you think. These monstrosities are fairly common in Chile. So common, in fact, that shepherds frequently burn them just to protect their flocks. This was not the first to be grown in the UK. Another one bloomed after ten years.