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Agave Americana, or Century Plant, photographed in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. Agave americana, common names sentry plant, century plant, maguey, or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae, native to Mexico, and the United States in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Although it is called the century plant, it typically lives only 10 to 30 years. It has a spread around 6�10 ft with gray-green leaves, each with a prickly margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce deeply. Near the end of its life, the plant sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with yellow blossoms. Its common name derives from its semelparous nature of flowering only once at the end of its long life. The plant dies after flowering, but produces suckers or adventitious shoots from the base, which continue its growth.
December 11th, 2011
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