Range: Southwestern USA & Mexico
This striking succulent plant comes from the desert, but grows happily in South Florida and many other warm regions of the world. Its unique appearance and durability make it a popular garden plant. When mature, the century plant produces a single flowering stalk, up to 30 feet tall, with bunches of yellow flowers. After flowering and producing seeds, the whole plant dies. The cycle lasts ten to 30 years, not a century as the name implies.
Agaves have many uses, including the production of alcoholic beverages including mezcal and tequila, and Agave nectar, a natural sweetener.
Look closely and you’ll see that each leaf is imprinted with the shapes of surrounding leaves, the result of being packed tightly in the central bud before emerging.