Here is a clump of these plants showing their propensity to spread. Once you plant this in the yard, careful... it is hard to get rid of it!
Look at the one on the left - it is about to send up a flower stalk.
A flowering Agave is always something that catches you eyes. Rio de Janeiro, early spring.
Close up of Century plant's mature seed pods.
This is a young Agave americana (and "friend").
"Agave americana americanum"
Copyright 2002 Passiongreen Gardens
Here is a regular old A americana with the two other varieties planted nearby (the media picta right in the middle, and the variegated in the foreground)
Plant blooming in early spring, Rio de Janeiro
did you know that in good conditions flower stalk grows 10cm a day !!!
Century Plant in its full glory, growing in a storage yard.
Close up of Century plant's blossom.
Close up of Agave seed pods and seeds, fall 2004.
The marginal teeth of an adult.
A century plant at the Pierrie Dupount House in Longwood gardens
The largest one I've seen in Arizona, about 6 feet tall.
large old Agave Americana mother plant, Tonto Basin, AZ
Blue gray in color with an upright habit, this Agave is a fast grower (see image from two years ago)
Macro of patterns left from growth
Agave americana var. glauca seen from above
This is a photo of the same specimen seen in 2005--note the rapid growth in just two years
Growing in zone 9b
trimmed plant, Los Angeles
Jinnah Garden (Lahore)Pakistan
neighbor plant that got heavily pruned, showing typical crop of suckers surrounding it, southern California
One more bloom pic. Apparently they bloom after falling. Pretty tough plant. Lost some to Grubs tho..
With Aloe striatula.
With Aloe striatula.
Plants are less than 10 yrs. old. Taller leaves are turning down, I am 5'7" - Little Mtn., SC
Always a thrill!
This is when we first noticed that there was a spike starting. David & Lucille Frost
This one is 3 ft-9 inches (so far), full sun, zone 9a/9b. Phoenix, AZ. (This photo was originally posted here Sept 26, 2005)
Heres a 5 inch pup under the parent plant. Zone 9a/9b. Phoenix, AZ. (This photo was originally posted here Sept 26, 2005)
A very common landscape plant in Phoenix, AZ. (This photo was originally posted here Jan 1, 2006)
Agave Americana growing at the bottom of a private garden at Bowentown, Waihi Beach, New Zealand
Showing the pattern on the blue/grey leaves with navy blue thorns
The navy blue thorn-tipped leaves make this a striking looking agave
Agave americana, Bok Tower, Florida, 2004
Take snippers and cut off about a quarter of an inch of thorn. Wear gloves when working with the plant.
Beautiful example of Agave americana in Santa Barbara, CA
Flower spike growing 8 inches a day. Arizona. Copyright of Jan Emming. Photo courtesy of Jan Emming of Destination:Forever Ranch and Gardens, a 40 acre desert botanical garden and sustainable living homestead in the Arizona desert with a nursery.
I have two of these mature plants. This one is on the opposite side of my house. For some reason, this plant loves the micro-climates on the sides of the house. But does not grow as well in other locations.
This flower stalk grew about 8 inches per day to a final height of about 22 feet. Taller than my roof top!
The buds have not yet opened into flowers. When it does, I will post a photo of the lovely blossoms.