Century Plant, Maguey
|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.
The thick, fleshy leaves, light to dark green, are armed with hooked, 1-inch, red to dark brown teeth along the edges, and a 2-inch spine at the tip. Its flower stalk reaches 12 feet.
Attributes - Agave shawii
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Early Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft. 6 in.
Width: 5 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Root Rot.
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