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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Agave americana-Century Plant

This granddaddy of agaves certainly makes a statement! In fact, this giant has probably scared off more people from planting agaves than any other species. It is relatively fast growing, to about 6 feet tall by 8-10 feet wide. The wide, gray leaves have stiff terminal spines and recurved teeth along the margins. Century plant prefers full sun exposures and well-drained soils, but is adaptable to a wide range of conditions, including coastal climates. It is cold hardy to 15° F. Unfortunately, it is the most popular menu item for the agave snout weevil. As with most agaves, the tall stalk of spectacular golden flowers signals the end of the mother plant’s life cycle, but this species pups freely. It also can take years for it to bloom.

Some people are allergic to the sap. Removal is difficult if unwanted.

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