Botanical Name: Agave americana
 Common Name: Century Plant, Maguey
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey


Bark Color


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Succulent that grows quickly to10' x 13'. Wide, grey leaves have stiff terminal spines and recurved teeth on margins. Prefers full sun and well-drained situations. Prone to agave snout weevil which will eat the roots and heart of the plant. Like all agaves, after blooming, it will die but will send up new pups from around the base. Some people are allergic to the sap. This is a large agave, be sure to have space.
Frost tolerant to 15 F.