Agave americana Agave americana
Common Name Century Plant, American Aloe, Maguey
Latin Name Agave americana
Family Agavaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-30 / 8b-12
Type / Form Succulent / Large
Native Habitat Southwestern highlands
Soil Dry decomposed granite, limestone, sand, low organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 7 feet X 12 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, green to blue-green, succulent
Flowers Evergreen, yellow flower once at about 10 years or more (monocarpic), stalk 15 to 30 feet high, cold marginal
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance None
Propagation Suckers (called pups), seeds
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, fire retardant
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Moonlight, Songbird, Sonoran, Fire Retardant
Nature Value Flowers used by nectirvorous bats, hummingbirds, songbirds, butterflies, and bees
Native American Uses Used to make rope and cloth, rosettes baked
Links  
    Images, and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Agave_americana.html
    Images, and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave_americana
    Images, and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Agave%20americana.pdf
    Images, and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Agavaceae/Agave_americana.html
    Images and data http://www.floridata.com/ref/A/agav_ame.cfm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55351/
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=agam
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/feb97/du_pcentury.html
    Images and data http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week297.shtml
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=9006
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AGAMA2
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/alphabetical.asp?strLetter=A&page=4
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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