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Image of Agave angustifolia

Holly Chichester

(Narrowleaf Agave, Narrowleaf Century Plant, Variegated Caribbean Agave, Variegated Narrowleaf Century Plant)

This is one of the most beautiful variegated agaves. Its striking rosettes of narrow leaves are soft seagreen edged in cream.

Narrowleaf agave is a long-lived evergreen perennial native from Sonora, Mexico southward to Costa Rica. In the wild it is found in a wide range of arid environments, so it is widely adapted to varying soils and exposures. Like other cenury plants, it only blooms at the end of its life span, so it is grown as a foliage plant. The species came into cultivation very early...

Image of Agave applanata photo by: Maureen Gilmer

Maureen Gilmer

(Gray Agave, Gray Century Plant)

Silvery blue-gray rosettes of sharp serrated leaves and a cast iron constitution make this a vivid architectural plant for arid landscapes. This succulent evergreen perennial originates at middle elevations in the mountains of Central Mexico. It was widely cultivated in pre-Columbian times by indigenous people who grew it around the home.

The showy leaves are stiff, wide and bear the interesting impressed outlines of toothed leaves as they unfold from the plant’s central cone. The long leaves...

Image of Agave attenuata photo by: Jessie Keith

Jessie Keith

(Foxtail Agave, Smooth Century Plant)

Soft green leaves make this the most painless agave for gardens. This clump-forming native of Mexico inhabits high rocky cliffs where good soil drainage is assured. It has become a popular choice for mild coastal climates and dry inland valleys that do not receive much winter cold.

Smooth century plant forms neat rosettes of smooth bright green foliage. As the rosettes age the stems elongate and develop a trunk-like appearance. In time, the central rosette will produce numerous pups, or...

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James H. Schutte

(Nova Century Plant, Smooth Century Plant)

Soft green leaves make this the most painless agave for gardens. This clump-forming native of Mexico inhabits high rocky cliffs where good soil drainage is assured. It has become a popular choice for mild coastal climates and dry inland valleys that do not receive much winter cold.

Smooth century plant forms neat rosettes of smooth bright green foliage. As the rosettes age the stems elongate and develop a trunk-like appearance. In time, the central rosette will produce numerous pups, or...

Image of Agave bovicornuta photo by: John Rickard

John Rickard

(Cow's Horn Agave, Cow's Horn Century Plant, Smooth Century Plant)

The genus Agave has more than 200 species of desert-loving perennials with dramatic, structurally interesting foliage. They are all from the warmer regions of the New World, mostly Mexico and Central and South America. They are beautiful ornamentals and important plants for food and utility.

Agave have fleshly leaves that form rosettes close to the ground or occasionally atop very short stout stems. The leaves may be thick and leathery, linear or sword-shaped, wide or narrow...

Image of Agave chrysantha photo by: Maureen Gilmer

Maureen Gilmer

(Goldenflower Agave, Goldenflower Century Plant)

Few American Agave offer the spectacular looks and heat tolerance of this rugged native succulent. It’s found in a very small range at higher elevations of the mountains of Central Arizona amidst the chaparral, where it is quite cold hardy. Conversely it is one of the toughest agaves for full sun on the low desert floor. Such a wide range of adaptability makes an excellent landscape plant for a range of arid regions.

Its lovely evergreen leaves are large, blue-green to green, depending...

Image of Agave colorata photo by: Maureen Gilmer

Maureen Gilmer

(Coastal Agave, Coastal Century Plant)

Rich powder blue coloring, modest size and a cast iron constitution make this little known species perfect for arid landscapes. The plant originates in the dry coastal regions of Sonora, Mexico but is also found at higher elevations of Sinaloa where it is tolerant of occasional cold snaps. Wild plants prefer to dwell in rocky elevated positions or in sandy, gravelly soils. Leaves are stiff, wide and covered with a tough skin that’s markedly rough to the touch. This coarse durable skin gives the plant...

Image of Agave deserti photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Desert Agave, Desert Century Plant)

A cast iron native from the American West that’s exceptional for planting in problemed areas with extreme drought and heat. This agave is found in widely scattered locations from southern California to Arizona and southward into Mexico. In the wild it can occur as a solitary plant or exist in extensive colonies, mostly at lower elevations and foothills of mountain ranges. It has a smaller, upright form with narrow leaves in loose, irregular rosettes that are less defined than those of other species....

Image of Agave desmettiana photo by: Carol Cloud Bailey

Carol Cloud Bailey

(Dwarf Century Plant, Smooth Century Plant)

Exceptionally graceful form and minimal leaf tip spines make this softleaf agave a choice specimen. Known only in gardens, it may have originated in cultivation in eastern Mexico. Each symmetrical rosette bears narrow arching leaves with up-curved margins. Leaf color varies from yellow green to blue green with exposure and climate, growing darker in full sun. At an early age the mother rosette develops densely packed offsets. Some gardeners routinely remove the offsets to preserve its striking architectural...

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James H. Schutte

(Dwarf Century Plant, Smooth Century Plant)

A gold-edged form of an elegant agave from eastern Mexico, 'Marginata' has symmetrical rosettes of long, narrow, flexuous, arching leaves. The central leaf color varies from yellow green to blue green, depending on exposure and climate, and tends to be darker in full sun. At an early age the parent rosette develops densely packed offsets at the base. These may be severed, repotted and shared with friends.

The rosettes bloom at about 10 years of age, then die, leaving the offsets. The very...