Commonly known as the Century Plant or American Aloe. Specimens even survive in pots or in the ground in the wet winters of the south coast of England. At the other extreme it may be seen planted out in southern Arizona and Texas. They are usually cultivated outdoors in rock gardens as well as cactus and succulent gardens. They are often used in Mediterranean-style landscapes, in borders, or as a specimen plant. They require full sun and a very well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy or gravely soil. As an ornamental it is also grown in containers where it stays much smaller than its outdoor brethren. The Agave Americana grows fairly fast in summer if provided with copious water but allow thorough drying before watering again. During the winter months, one should only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling. They do well in full sun or a lightly shaded area.
Latin Name: Agave Americana
English Name: Century Plant, Maguey, American Aloe
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Foliage: Glaucous green.
Flower: Pale yellow.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Sand, Loam.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: Low (H2)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: 1 °C to 5 °C (33.8 °F to 41 °F)
Suggested Uses: Small gardens. Groups.
Maintenance: Watering during winter period should be reduced to once a month..
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Fast.
Final Height: 2 m – 3 m (6.6 ft – 9.8 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 1.8 m – 2 m (5.9 ft – 6.6 ft)
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