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Agave americana

Century plant

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Features

  • Height1m to 5m
  • Spread2m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourYellow, green
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green, yellow, blue-green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Agave americana (Century plant). Also known as Agave gracilispina, it will take this species about 10 years to bloom. The flower stems can reach a height of about 10m; they have creamy white to pale yellow flowers. After blooming the mother plant will die and send out new plants around its circumference.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Monocarpic, Fragrant

Origin

Western Mexico

Interest and use

Greenhouse, indoors, rock garden. The leaves were used medicinally by the native people of Southwestern USA, and this useful plant is also a modern source of steroids.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

It will prefer an average, well drained soil but will tolerate poor soil and drought.

Propagation

Offsets in spring or autumn

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects, particularly on young growth.

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