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Our Lord's Candle

We've had this variety of cactus (part of the Yucca family) in the yard for almost four years, and it finally decided it was time to bloom. Over night, the stalk came out:

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Three days later the stalk was about six feet tall, and blooming:

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This week the stalk is close to seven feet tall, and the lower two thirds of the blooms are open:

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Close up of the blooms:

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