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Couple awaits once-in-a-lifetime bloom

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HUDSON (FOX 13) -

Outside a Hudson home sits a gigantic plant, anchored by years of history and careful care.

"We try to weed it, but it's so sharp it bites you. It will just grab you with these sharp edges," explained Ned Siegel.

Siegel's brother-in-law planted the spiky century plant 35 years ago and waited for something to happen.

"We never expected it," he continued. "We figured it was named a century plant so it would live forever."

As years passed, the plant only grew bigger and bigger, making its sharp leaves harder for Siegel to keep the lawn tidy.

"It hurts a little bit, but you get over it," he said.

Siegel and his wife took over the family home seven years ago. Nothing changed until a few weeks ago -- a long stalk sprang up and caught the attention of the neighborhood.

Now, the couple waits for its yellow flowers to bloom. After that the plant will die.

"There's going to be a big empty space here," Siegel offered.

But already, two new century plants have sprung up nearby.

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