Agave americana, Century Plant, Blue Agave, American Aloe, Maguey

Century Plant

Agave americana

Common Names: Blue Agave, American Aloe, Maguey

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 5′ – 7′

Spacing/Spread: 6′ – 11′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Rarely blooms .

Interest: Year around evergreen foliage.

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Texas Native: Yes, plant is Texas native.

Extra: WARNING, SHARP SPIKES.

Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.

Features: A wonderful iconic agave. Texas native that thrives in Full sun/Part shade. Xeriscape plant.

Austin Native Landscaping: “We consider the Century Plant as the king of agaves in Austin. It is very impressive when big, with its bold structure, and beautiful form. On the rare occasion when it finally blooms, it is a complete show stopper; The stalk bolts to the sky and the showy flowers grace the neighborhood. We love designing this Texas native in our xeriscape flowerbeds. It works beautiful as a single large specimen and also when planted amass with other agaves. Tough and particularity indestructible this Native beauty should be in anyone drought tolerant xeriscape landscape. Works particularly well when planted with ornamental grasses nearby. “

 

Plantaholic:

Family: Agavaceae (Pronounced – ah-gav-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Agave (Pronounced – a-GAH-vee)

Species: Americana (Pronounced – a-mer-ih-KAY-na)

Propagation: “Pups”!

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Linda Bruggemann March 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

When my husband planted this “monster” Century Agave 5 years ago neither of us knew how huge it would become (wrong info from the nursery)! It was planted about 2 feet away from the front stoop of our house. I have been cutting away at it, poured bleach and drain cleaner on it, and still can’t kill it!! Any suggestions would be most appreciated. (I have read that I should not hack at it with a chainsaw or anything that might cause the “sap” to splash on my skin).

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admin May 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

Linda,
Yes Agaves tend to get quite huge. I have seen truly behemoth specimens before.

We always remove them the hard way, that is, shovel at their roots until we can yank it out from the ground. If you don’t leave any pups behind the agave should not regrow.

By the way, Agaves are extremely resilient and even if you hurt it badly during the dig up it will be easily transplanted and get back to health in a different location.

Thanks and good luck,

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kathy s May 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I HAVE AN AGAVE IN STAGGES OF BLOOMING , IT IS IN SC. WHAT CAN I EXPECT.

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admin May 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

Kathy,
If you have a century plant. You can expect a huge stalk appearing and extending very tall. Your century plant will likely to die after it blooms. Hopefully there are small agave pups around the mother plant that will take its place.

Take a bunch of pictures, it is truly a sight to behold.

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sneadly October 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

We xeriscaped last year and a neighbor stopped by with a bunch of agave pups that she’d dug out of her yard. We planted ALL of them, thinking, well, maybe one or two will take, and maybe they’ll be big in 20 years and we’ll see them bloom in our golden retirement years. HA! They’re taking over! It’s like Little Shop of Horrors. Which is fine with us.

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