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Century plant

Agave americana

American Aloe, Mexican soap plant, Maguey, Agave gracilispina

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Desert succulent with stiff sharply pointed and spiny edged blue green leaves. In the right conditions it can grow large and strong providing a very dramatic statement in rock gardens. It will ultimately produce a very tall flower spike, after which the main plant dies, but it usually leaves behind numerous offshoots.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed
Sow in Spring & keep at 21C
Notes
Separate rooted plantlets or offsets in Spring.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Mexico, Southwestern United States of America

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
This low maintenance plant is drought tolerant and suits being grown in containers indoors to provide architectural interest.

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Scale insects can infest leaves & flower stems. You will notice sticky honeydew, sooty moulds and fouling of older foliage. Prolonged infestation causes weakened growth. This agave is also vulnerable to chlorosis if they experience a magnesium deficiency.

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