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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.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen
  • Succulent - rosette-forming perennial or monocarpic succulents with often rigid and fleshy leaves with sharp terminal spines and toothed margins.
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - 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.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Patio / pot plants
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil
  • Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - under glass use cactus compost - full light.

Buy Varieties of AGAVE

AGAVE americana   AWARD

AGAVE americana  >

Commonly known as: Century plant, Pulque.
Large architectural grey leaves with spines, suitable for sheltered hot dry sunny locations
Small £17.50 each
Large £45.00 each
Collect Only

AGAVE americana 'Variegata'  AWARD

AGAVE americana 'Variegata'  >

Commonly known as: Century plant, Pulque.
Small £20.00 each
Large £45.00 each
Collect Only

AGAVE geminiflora

AGAVE geminiflora  >

Commonly known as: Century plant, Twin flowered agave.
Stiff, narrow, flexible leaves, dark green in colour. Flowers formed in pairs
£20.00 each

AGAVE parryi 'Cream Spike'

AGAVE parryi 'Cream Spike'  >

Commonly known as: Century plant.
A startling new introduction with green and predominantly cream leaves tinged an attractive pink
£14.50 each

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