I had many names for this century plant. Among them were Desert Sentinel and Desert Glory because it is known for their sustainability and food source throughout the Southwest. But, unfortunately, it is a glorified plant!
The name “century plant” comes from the fact that the slow-growing plant takes years — although not 100 — Although it is called the century plant, it typically lives only 10 to 30 years to flower. The upward-facing yellow flowers, as seen here, grow in clusters at the end of horizontal branches near the top of a tall stalk that emerges from a thick basal rosette of gray-green leaves.
The agave plant is not a cactus, though both cactus and agave are classified as succulents, or “plants that have highly specialized anatomical features such as thick waxy cuticles, fleshy or minimal leaves, modified leaves (spines), and roots with extra storage capabilities for food and water.”
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