So if you did not hear for the next month at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens, http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/
The rare viewing of the the puya raimondii from Peru, only blooms in its natural terrain every 80 or so years. I went to see this beautiful tall plant, with its giant flowering stalk, and learned that it can have as many as 30,000 blossoms on it. I was not the only one in amazement, the hummingbirds and bees were ecstatic as well. They were buzzing around collecting pollen.
We are so lucky to live in the Bay Area with our temperate mediterranean climate, we can grow so many plants from around the world. The Garden will collect the seeds and I presume will sell them in there gift shop? If you have a giant sunny spot in your garden this would be a gem to plant.