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Genus of about 200 species of rosette-forming, perennial or monocarpic succulents from desert and mountain regions of North, Central and South America and the West Indies.
In most species the rosettes die after flowering and fruiting leaving offsets.
Flowers, leaves, stalks and sap are all edible. The sap has been used for various alcoholic drinks, the most well-known being tequila ,and the plant also provided paper and rope from its fibres.
Good to know - can take many years to flower. Rosette dies after flowering but leaves offshoots.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects especially on new growth.
Place of Origin - North, Central and South America, West Indies.
Succulent - rosette-forming perennial or monocarpic succulents with often rigid and fleshy leaves with sharp terminal spines and toothed margins.
Neutral to acid soil
Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - under glass use cactus compost - full light.