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Century Plant

Agave attenuata

Also known as

Sonvanger (Afr.), Foxtail Agave, Dragon Tree Agave

Foxtail Agave - agave attenuata (3646955270) by Drew Avery (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

1.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Agave attenuata
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Century Plant Overview

Native to Central Mexico, this perennial succulent has a thick trunk, branching at the base and with ovate, pale-yellow leaves. These are typically 50–70cm long and lack terminal spines. Commonly known by the names Century Plant and Fox Tail Agave. The impressive flowerhead is often curved downwards, it may be up to 1.5m in length, and bears greenish-white flowers in summer. Like in many Agave species, flowers are short and funnel-shaped with 6 tepals. Owing to its large and recurved flowerhead, this species is often known as the Fox Tail or Swan's Neck Agave in some parts of the world.

Common problems with Century Plant

How to propagate Century Plant

Seed

Propagation is by seed or offsets in the spring or summer.

Special features of Century Plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Other uses of Century Plant

An architectural plant grown for its form and foliage, but also occasional dramatic flowering.