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Century Plant

Century Plant

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Agaves
Plant Height: 6-10 feet
Spread: 8-12 feet
Flower Color: greenish-yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Century Plant, known scientifically as Agave americana, is a striking and large succulent native to Mexico and the southern United States. It is well-known for its impressive size, architectural form, and the rare but dramatic flowering event that occurs once in the plant's lifetime.

One of the key features of the Century Plant is its rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. These leaves are blue-green to gray-green and have sharp spines along the edges and a sharp point at the tip. The leaves can grow several feet long and form a symmetrical pattern, giving the plant a sculptural and imposing presence.

The Century Plant gets its common name from the misconception that it blooms only once every hundred years. In reality, it blooms once in its lifetime, typically between 10 and 30 years. When it does bloom, it produces a towering flower spike that can reach up to 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) tall. The spike bears numerous yellow or greenish-yellow flowers, creating an impressive display. After flowering, the plant usually dies, leaving behind offsets or "pups" that continue its lineage.

Century Plants are commonly used in xeriscaping and desert landscaping due to their drought tolerance and dramatic appearance. They are suited for large, open spaces where their size and spines will not pose a problem. The plant thrives in well-drained soils and requires little water once established.

While the Century Plant is admired for its beauty and architectural form, it is important to be cautious around its sharp spines. It's also important to note that the sap of the plant can be irritating to the skin and eyes.

Overall, the Century Plant is valued for its distinctive appearance, low maintenance requirements, and adaptability to arid environments. Its ability to create a dramatic visual impact makes it a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers looking to add a touch of the exotic to their outdoor spaces.

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