Scientific name - American Agave L.
Popular names - Century Plant.
Distribution and Habitat - increases arid soils in southern Texas, but naturalized in warm regions of the globe.
Description - herbaceous plant, perennial, rhizome drajonant. Basal leaves arranged in rosettes consisting of 30-60 leaves ascending, triangular lanceolate, inside round, 100-150 cm long, 15-25 cm wide, glaucescente on top with a spin of brown, 1-5 cm long , spaced side edges with thorns, sharp triangular. Flowering stalk thick, 3-10 m tall, branched at the top with 20-40 branches, 50 cm long the inferioare.flori numerous, small, unpleasant smell. Perigon infundibuliform, 15 cm long tube and lobes of 3-4 cm. Stamens 2 times longer than lobes perigonului. Inferior ovary. Blooms in June-July. Fruit headSula long, 5 cm.
Tolerances - sensitive to frost. Tolerate drought.
Requirements - zoluri prefer sandy, well-drained, sunny with exhibitions.
Propagation - by seed and rhizome separation.
Properties and Uses - grown as houseplants or in greenhouses in areas with cold winters, and outside in areas with milder winters. In warmer areas tend to naturalize, sometimes even becoming invasive.
Curiosity - genus Agave includes 300 species originating in warm arid regions of America. It was introduced in Europe in the mid sixteenth century.
Agave blooms just once in its life cycle, from 80-100 years after the plant dies.
Cactus and succulent plants
Juicy species, perennial, native to Madagascar, was introduced in Europe in 1920. The species is named after Robert Blossfeld. Undergrowth of 40 cm height. Leaves simple, opposite, succulent, elliptic to ovata, the strains are from the top of Blong-lanceolata, 2-10 cm long, red margin, crenate, glabra.
Succulent plants - overview
Aeonium arboreum - tree aeonium
Sunshrub native from Maroc, stem branching, leaves borne at the ends of the branches in rather flat rosettes.
Juicy perennial species, rizomatoasa. Leaves basal, linear, cylindrical, fleshy, 10-15 cm long. Floral stem is 45 cm long. Blossom flowers made up of 40-50 cm, arranged in Raceme 15-30 cm long.
Bletilla are easy to grow, to shady borders, where they make a handsome textural combination with ferns.
Strelitzia reginae - Bird of Paradise
Allium schoenoprasum is used as an ornamental species for borders or pots.
Leaves eaten cooked or raw with oil and fish. Leaves used like raw onions or garlic in a salad.
Dracaena marginata Lemarck
Popular names: English - Red-edged Dracaena, Madagascar Dragon-Tree, Hawaii - money tree.
Dracaena marginata Lemarck is an evergreen species native to Madagascar, was imported into Europe in the XVII century. Bush by 6 m high, formed more vertical stems. Leaves arranged spiral, simple, Sesia, entire, linear, evergreen, green with reddish margins, 15-45 x 0,7-3 cm; nervatiuni parallel.
Aloe vera Mill.