Agave; Century Plant; Century Agave; American Agave; American Aloe; Maguey
Mexico; southwestern U.S. and Texas.
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
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.
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.
3-5' H, 4-6' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Sandy, Thin, Well drained
Stout spines and sharply toothed leaves require very careful placement and handling.