Agave has no stem. Its thick and massive gray-green leaves originate from a basal rosette. The leaves get up to 6' long and 10" wide, and have sharp spines on the margins and tips.
Grow century plant in very well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy or gravely soil.
Light: Full sun
Moisture: This is a desert plant. Once established, it is very drought tolerant.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 11.
Propagation: By offsets and by seed.
A dense hedge of these spiny succulents is impermeable to cattle and people. As an ornamental, it usually is grown in rock gardens, in cactus and succulent gardens, in Mediterranean-style landscapes, in borders, or as a specimen. It tends to dominate the landscape wherever it is grown. It also is grown in containers where it stays much smaller than its outdoor brethren. Keep it in a cool, frost-free area in winter and put it out on the balcony or patio in summer. Water century plant only in the summer.
Plan ahead. Century plant can get very large, and it is armed with needle-sharp spines. Don't plant it near paths or walkways.
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