The century plant is remarkable for its large (up to five feet across) rosette of fleshy, gray-green, sharply toothed leaves, each ending in a needlelike spine. Many cultivars are attractively striped in white or yellow.
Although the century plant dies after blooming, it can take thirty years or more to reach blooming size. Legend says it blooms only once a century, giving it its common name. Its size can be kept somewhat restricted by underpotting. Beware of its sharp spines when caring for this plant.
Scientific Name: Agave americana
Common Names: Century Plant, Agave
Light Requirement for Century Plant: Full Sun to Bright Light
Water Requirement for Century Plant: Drench, Let Dry
Humidity for Century Plant: Average Home
Temperature for Century Plant: Cool to House
Fertilizer for Century Plant: Balanced
Potting Mix for Century Plant: Cactus
Propagation of Century Plant: Division, Seed
Decorative Use for Century Plant: Floor, Table
Care Rating for Century Plant: Very Easy