Agave plants are native to Mexico, southern and western United States and central and tropical South America. They are succulents with a large rosette of thick, fleshy leaves, each ending generally in a sharp point and with a spiny margin. The stout stem is usually short and the leaves apparently springing from the root. Along with plants from the related genus Yucca, various Agave species are popular ornamental plants.
Each rosette is monocarpic and grows slowly to flower only once. During flowering, a tall stem grows from the center of the leaf rosette and bears a large number of short, tubular flowers. After development of fruit, the original Agave plant dies, but suckers are frequently produced from the base of the stem, which become new plants.
The most beautiful species of Agave include: Agave ‘Blue Glow’, Agave vilmoriniana, Agave filifera, Agave geminiflora, Agave montana, Agave potatorum, Agave attenuata, Agave macroacantha, Agave desmettiana, Agave salmiana var. ferox, Agave victoriae-reginae, Agave bovicornuta, Agave americana, Agave angustifolia and Agave deserti.
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