I took this photo at the Visitors' Center at the Haleakala Crater in Maui. It's Hawiian name is Ahinahina, and it's more commonly known as a silversword plant. They look like Mother Nature had a can of silver spray Rustoleum when she created these amazing plants. They grow until they flower - and they flower only one time - and then they're goners, at least until their seeds produce new plants. The National Park Service has some amazing photos of their flowers on its web site.
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