in Lakeside Terrace
Located at 3 Sunrise Lane
corner of Sunrise Ln and Grove St
The misnamed century plant typically lives only 10 to 30 years. It has a spreading rosette (about 4 m (13 ft) wide) of gray-green leaves up to 2 m (6.6 ft) long, each with a spiny margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce to the bone.
When it flowers, the spike with a cyme of big yellow flowers may reach up to 8 m (26 ft) in height. Its common name likely derives from its semelparous nature of flowering only once at the end of its long life. The plant dies after flowering, but produces suckers or adventitious shoots from the base, which continue its grow
The Century Plant is the granddaddy of all agaves. It grows slowly to about 6 feet tall by 8-10 feet wide. The wide, grey-green leaves have stiff terminal spines and curved teeth along the margins. After about ten years, a tall stalk of spectacular flowers signals the end of Century plant's life cycle. The flower stalk grows vigorously and is present for months. Flowers are yellow, about 3" to 4" long. Century plant “pups” freely and forms multiple basal offshoots. It also comes in variegated forms with alternate leaf colors and patterns. This large agave should be planted in open, low-traffic areas. Use Century plant with discretion in small spaces. Leaf tips are dangerously sharp.
Agave americana, commonly known as the century plant, maguey, or American aloe (although it is in a different family from Aloe), is an agave originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. It has since naturalised in many regions and grows wild in Europe, South Africa, India, and Australia
We had some strong winds here on Sunday 06/23/2013 and it pushed the Century Plant over but it is still partially intact so we will have to see what happens next
The Century plant went down on Wednsday 6-26-2013
Sorry to see it go before it bloomed