Agave americana

(Century Plant)


$19.99


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Agave americana is a rosette-forming perennial succulent that is native to Mexico. It has been introduced and has naturalized in a number of tropical areas around the world. Each plant typically forms a large, evergreen basal rosette of thick, succulent, gray-green leaves. Each rosette typically matures over time to as much as 6′ tall by 8-10′ wide. Each leaf has a waxy bloom, spiny tip, and sharp marginal spines. This plant is also well-known for its infrequent but spectacular flowering spikes. Plants are monocarpic (bloom only once and then die).

Description

Reliably winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10. Best growth occurs in a sandy/gritty, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Container plants may be grown in a gritty, cactus-type potting mix. Sharp soil drainage is important. Poorly-drained soils may lead to root rot. Tolerates dry soils and drought. This agave may be propagated from seed or offsets.

Additional information

Common Name

Century Plant

Botanical Name

Agave americana

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

3-6'

Width

6'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Low

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

Blue-grey

Deer Resistant

Yes

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