Century Agave

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Century Agave

Agave americana
Agave; Century Plant; Century Agave; American Agave; American Aloe; Maguey
3

5 feet
4

6 feet
Mexico; southwestern U.S. and Texas.
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Full sun. Evergreen; strongly formed, with heavy, toothed, spine-tipped leaves. Although it may not live for 100 years, each rosette spends many seasons storing energy and, for its final act (after 10-20 years) forms a tree-sized flowering mast with tube flowers that pollinators of all kinds go wild for. Some maintenance may be required to keep the spiny, aggressive offsets in check. Be a good neighbor and don’t plant it within 5 feet of the sidewalk — it will grow much bigger than you think. Century plant is a favorite of western hummingbirds, bats, and WaterSaver landscapes.

Maintenance

Leaf spines can be clipped to minimize the risk to pedestrian passersby. In general, groom or prune damaged foliage; offsets and pups can be removed or re-planted. Wear gloves; the sap and thorns can cause severe irritation.

Features

Plant Type:
Agave/Yucca
Size:
3-5' H, 4-6' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin, Well drained
Wildlife:
Bats, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
December
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Stout spines and sharply toothed leaves require very careful placement and handling.
Coupon Eligible:

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