American Aloe, Century Plant, Xikwenga
Desert succulent with stiff sharply pointed and spiny edged blue green leaves in rosette formation. In the right conditions, it can grow large and strong providing a very dramatic statement in rock gardens. It will ultimately produce a very tall flower spike, after which the main plant dies, but it usually leaves behind numerous offshoots. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Generally not harvested
Sow in spring and keep at 21ºC
Remove and plant offsets in spring or autumn.
Mexico, Southwestern United States of America
Soil PH preference
This low maintenance plant is drought tolerant and suits being grown in containers indoors to provide architectural interest.
You may notice sticky honeydew, sooty moulds and fouling of older foliage. Prolonged infestation causes weakened growth. This agave is also vulnerable to chlorosis if they experience a magnesium deficiency.