I love tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii). It’s a biennial, i.e. it flowers in its second year of life, sets copious amounts of seeds and then dies. I have four of these Canary Island natives planted in the ground. Two of my plants are adults that will bloom this spring, and two are juveniles that will bloom next year.
Except now I only have one juvenile because the other one has croaked. Until very recently it looked like this:
Now it looks like this: