Succulents: Century Plant in the Virtual Garden Tour at the Ohlone College Newark Center

Century Plant (Agave americana)

  • Succulent with wide gray-green leaves with prickly edges and a long spine at each tip. Flowers only once, shortly before dying, sending up yellow flowers on a tall stalk.
  • Native to Mexico and the southwestern United States
  • Drought-tolerant and culturally significant to the native peoples of Mexico; despite its name, the plant lives from ten to thirty years, not a hundred.
—Photo by Lenna Withrow.