Century Plant, Maguey, American Aloe
|These mostly large-sized perennials grow in a rosette of succulent, spiny, sharply pointed leaves, from which tequila is made. Rope, food, soap and other products are also made from the fibers and pulp. Some send up a tall flower spike annually, while others bloom only every 30 to 40 years. Several types die after flowering, but new plants may develop from suckers at their base. Native to the warm arid parts of the Americas, these plants need excellent drainage. Fire-retardant, drought-resistant and often grow in containers. Give partial shade in the hot, dry desert and protect from frost and soaking winter rains.
This perennial succulent grows fleshy blue-green leaves 5 to 6 feet long with stout spines at the tips. In 10 to 20 years, the branched flower stalks can grow to 30 feet, with tapering spikes of bell-shaped, white to creamy yellow flowers emerging in spring and summer.
Attributes - Agave americana
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Wet Soil. Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Black Spot.
Agave angustifolia, Agave attenuata, Agave filifera, Agave huachucensis, Agave ocahui, Agave palmeri, Agave parryi, Agave salmiana, Agave schidigera, Agave shawii, Agave stricta, Agave victoriae-reginae, Agave vilmoriniana