Also known as
American Aloe, Century Plant, Amerikaanse Aalwee, Blou-aalwee, Blougaringboom, Gareboom, Kaalgaarboom, Makaalwyn (Afr.), Xikwenga (Xitsonga), Lekhala (Sesotho), Pulque, Mexican soap plant, Maguey
Agave americana R01 by MJJR (CC BY-SA 3.0)
20 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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American Agave Overview
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.
Common problems with American Agave
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.
How to harvest American Agave
Generally not harvested
How to propagate American Agave
Sow in spring and keep at 21ºC
Remove and plant offsets in spring or autumn.
Special features of American Agave
Other uses of American Agave
This low maintenance plant is drought tolerant and suits being grown in containers indoors to provide architectural interest.