Agave attenuata, commonly called century plant, is a rosette-forming perennial succulent that is native to the plateaus/mountains of central Mexico. It is perhaps most noted for its attractive leaves and its huge drooping flower stems. Spineless, fleshy, ovate, light gray to pale yellowish-green evergreen leaves (to 28” long) form a large symmetrical rosette. Suckers/offsets root at the base of the rosette-forming over time a colony of rosettes. With age, a stem/trunk to 3’ long may develop, with the trunk becoming visible as the older leaves of the rosette fall off. Each rosette will flower only once, usually when the plant reaches about 10 years old. The “flower” is a huge recurving raceme to 5-10’ tall with small, drooping, densely-packed, yellow-green to white flowers.
Planting & Caring –
Grows best in a sandy/gritty, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates poor soils. Also tolerates dry soils and drought, but appreciates regular watering. Plant leaves will shrivel in dry conditions, but will revive when given moisture. Intolerant of frosts particularly when temperatures dip below 28 degrees F.