CENTURY PLANT Agave americana

CENTURY PLANT Agave americana

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The Century Plant has a spread around 6–10 ft (1.8–3.0 m) with gray-green leaves that can each reach 3–5 ft (0.9–1.5 m) long. There are some reports that this plant can reach 13 feet tall! Leaves have a prickly margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce deeply. When mature, the plant sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with yellow blossoms, that may reach a total height up to 25–30 ft (8–9 m) tall. The plant then produces suckers or adventitious shoots from the base, which continue its growth.

A. americana is cultivated as an ornamental plant for the large dramatic form of mature plants—for modernist, drought tolerant, and desert-style cactus gardens—among many planted settings. It is often used in hot climates and where drought conditions occur. The plants can be evocative of 18th-19th-century Spanish colonial and Mexican provincial eras in the Southwestern United States, California, and xeric Mexico. It is also a popular landscape plant in beach gardens in Florida and coastal areas of the Southeastern United States. It's a popular plant in Spain, specially in the areas of Almeria, Alicante and Murcia.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: This plant is easy to germinate. Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Fill the container with 50:50 soil and sand. Place seeds just under the surface of the growing mix, and keep moist until germination, at room temperature or slightly warmer. Do not over-water. Place in a sunny location once seedlings emerge.

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