UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Agave americana

ah-GAH-vay ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah
Common Name
Century Plant
Plant Type
Mature Size
6 ft. wide to 10 ft. high
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Yellowish green flowers on 15 ft. to 20 ft. stalks
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

As you can see from the photo, this plant is quite the show-stopper in our perennial beds. Agave makes a powerful statement when placed among grasses and softer, small-leaved perennials. We think Agave helps keep our beds from becoming boring and predictable.

Small plants form around the base of the plant, but they are easily pruned out if you don't like the look. Because the water-wise garden is a public garden, we prune off the spiky tips of this plant, which can be quite sharp.

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