first time in my life, I
am caring for an Agave americana
`Marginata’ that is about to bloom. I can’t begin to describe the
pleasure seeing the magnificent bloom stalk that it produces.
Agave americana `Marginata’ is often
called the Century Plant. It’s
range is through subtropical and
tropical Americas, as well as the
Agave americana `Marginata’
has been a useful economic plant
to Native Americans
for centuries, as a food plant and a
source of a number
strong drinks. In Europe it’s best
known product is sisal, which is produced from the fibers.
americana `Marginata‘ grows to about 6 ft. by 6 ft. The
flower stalk can reach up to 15-20
with golden yellow flowers. In the
Southwest, they can grow 30 ft. wide. It takes at least ten years or
longer for an
agave to bloom. After it blooms,
plant will die, due to all the
energy it puts into the flower stalk. But don’t be sad, because it will
pups,so the plant will continue to
Here in the Mid-south, Agave americana `Marginata’ are
grown in containers. They like being pot-bound, and can be
overwintered indoors with a minimum
temperature of 40ºf.
Our agave can be seen in the nursery just west of the Asian garden. If you would like to see our agave in bloom, you will need to
hurry. It is about to show us its flowers, but cold temps may force me to move it.
Pailet, Greenhouse Manager
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