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American Agave
Cactus and succulent plants | Liliopsida

Scientific name - American Agave L.

Synonyms -

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.

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