The century plant’s last hurrah!

Century plant

This century plant (also called Agave americana, and maguey) is to the north of Jimena near to the campsite. I looked up some info on them (wikipedia), as I don’t know much about them, and it seems that once they have shot up this amazing spike out of the base plant that’s it for the plant, which withers and dies but does have some suckers that will grow out of the base. So, I wonder what the spike with ‘flowers’ is for then? I assumed seeds to be spread but who knows? Maybe it is just having a last hurrah 🙂