Agave palmeri Engelm.
Palmer's Century Plant, Palmer's Agave
Agave palmeri is a succulent plant that forms a stemless, usually solitary rosette of thick fleshy lance-shaped leaves with margins armed with teeth and a long terminal spine. It is the largest species that grows in the United States. Leaves are ascending to spreading, up to 3 feet (90 cm) long and 7.6 inches (19 cm) wide. They are pale to glaucous green or green, sometimes tinged with red. Flowers are cream to pale yellow or light green, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, and appear on branches in the upper third up to 16.5 feet (5 m) tall flower spike.
How to Grow and Care
Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. On the other hand, if you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might be the way to go. Be aware that some large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can injure small children and pets.
In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Man has been harvesting and utilizing Agaves for approximately 9,000 years. The huge plant comprised a huge part of primitive man's diet. Closely related to lilies, there are three major parts that are edible: flowers, stalks or basal rosettes, and sap. Leaves are a lesser edible part of the plant.
See more at Agave: Edible Plant.
This species is native to southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua.
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