Agave americana L.
Century Plant, American Aloe, Maguey
Agave ingens var. picta, Agave zonata, Agave virginica, Agave variegata, Agave americana var. theometel, Agave theometel, Agave subzonata, Agave spectabilis, Agave ramosa, Agave picta, Agave altissima, Agave rasconensis, Agave milleri, Agave communis, Agave complicata, Agave felina, Agave fuerstenbergii, Agave gracilispina, Agave ingens, Agave melliflua
Bloom Time: It takes 10 to 25 years to bloom
Agave americana is a solitary or slowly clumping succulent with a basal rosette that grows up to 13 feet (4 m) in diameter. Leaves are gray-green, up to 6.6 feet (2 m) long, each with a spiny margin and a heavy spike at the tip. When it flowers, the spike with a cyme of big yellow flowers may reach 26 feet (8 m) in height.
How to Grow and Care
Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. However, if you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might be the way to go. Be aware that some large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
This species is native to Mexico, naturalized in many regions, and grows wild in Europe, South Africa, India, and Australia.
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