Agave americana



Large leaves with a very sharp, dangerous spear like spine on the end. Plants grow to around 2 m diameter and leaves to 3m tall, Flower spikes rise as high as 8 metres.


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Very hardy. As young plants, will respond to watering if needed to keep the soil moist, but once established, require virtually no attention. Feeding encourages flowering – but if it seeds, one flower spike can lead to many hundreds of plants, that can become undesirable weeds. Grow in slightly acidic, well-drained soil and prefers full sun.


Division or seed.

Will also grow from leaf cuttings.


There are several varieties with varying foliage colours including blue green, and another with yellow variegated leaves.

Plant Health

Few serious pests or diseases.

One of the most cold hardy agaves. Also tolerates extreme heat and dry.

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Can become an invasive weed in some places.

Prikes on leaves can be very dangerous.

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