Definitions for century plant
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a desert agave, Agave americana, having a tall flower stalk emerging from a rosette of leaves, that requires a decade or more to mature and blooms only once.
Origin of century plant:
agave, century plant, American aloe(noun)
tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
An agave (Agave americana) originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide.
Origin: So named because the plant may live for several decades before producing flowers. Once a plant flowers and produces seeds, it dies.
Agave americana, common names century plant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae, originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. It has since naturalized in many regions including Europe, South Africa, India, and Australia. Despite the common name "American aloe", it is not closely related to plants in the genus Aloe.
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