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Century plant

Fact sheet: Century Plant

 

Variegated century plant is common in cultivation, having twisted green leaves with marginal bands of bright yellow . The leaves gracefully fold back on themselves giving much the appearance of giant bands of striped ribbon. Its tight rosette of stiff, sword-shaped leaves, each up to six feet long and 10 inches wide, makes a dramatic statement in the landscape and is much favored for use in rock gardens. The sharp spine at the tip of its toothed leaves is often removed to protect people and pets. Locate it at least six feet away from walks and other areas where people could contact the spiny foliage.

 

Scientific name: Agave americana ‘Marginata’

Pronunciation: uh-GAW-vee uh-mair-rick-KAY-nuh

Common name(s): Variegated century plant

Fact Sheet: Century Plant

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden

Sold at Nassau County Master Gardener Plant Sale