Century Plant

Agave americana

  • Evergreen, leaves can get 6’ long

  • Takes 10 to 60 years before blooming, plant dies after blooming and the many “pups” it has produced take over

  • Flower stalks can reach 20’-40’ with pale yellow flowers at the top.

  • Used as fencing in Mexico because of the tightly formed colonies it creates.

  • Sap can be a diuretic and laxative

  • Flower stalk and heart are sweet and can be roasted and eaten

  • Variegated variety has same requirements


Arid areas of Mexico

USDA Cold hardiness Zones


Light Requirement

Full sun

Soil Requirements

Low water, well drained soil, xeric