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.