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Bloom of a Century

Century Plant Blooming

Century plants (Agave americana) are part of a large diverse group of over 200 agave species, and are some of the largest. The sharp spined leaves of this century plant at the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service are about 6 feet long! Although the name is misleading, century plants bloom about every 8-30 years. The flower stalk can grow up to 20 feet tall before it bursts to life with a lovely showing of white or pale yellow flowers that are as unique and alien-like as the plant. Sadly, with the exception of the spineless century plants, once they bloom the parent century plant usually dies, leaving behind many baby plants called “pups” to its place. For more information on these interesting plants, visit