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Century Plant


A large agave with smooth, grey-blue, hard, nearly rigid leaves. Margins have down curved spines and a long spine at the tip. A large dramatic plant that also does well in containers.

Agave americana

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit edible :Yes

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Smooth, nearly rigid

Leaf length : 36-72"

Leaf width : 6-10"

Leaf shape : Sword-shaped with undulating margins; recurved tip

Leaf color : Grey to grey-blue

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : This plant is monocarpic - it will flower only once then die. Flowering may occur after 10 years or more of plant growth in the ground.

Flower shape : Panicle

Flower color : Yellow

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 6-12 ft.

Average size maturity height : 4-8 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 15 to 20 F( Z8b)

Sunset zone : 10, 12-24

Water requirements : Rarely (Drought Tolerant)

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Under oak trees : Yes

Barrier plants : Yes

Seashore conditions : Yes

Oak root fungus resistance : Yes

Hummingbirds : Yes

Hedges and screens :Yes

Frost tender : Yes

Fragrance : Yes

Erosion control : Yes

Drought tolerant : Yes

Deer resistant : Yes

Butterflies : Yes

Colorful fruits and berries : Yes

Birds : Yes

Autumn foliage color : Yes

Attractive bark : Yes

Allergenic plants : Yes

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