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century plant

n.
See agave.

century plant

n
(Plants) an agave, Agave americana, native to tropical America but naturalized elsewhere, having very large spiny greyish leaves and greenish flowers on a tall fleshy stalk. It blooms only once in its life, after 10 to 30 years (formerly thought to flower after a century). Also called: American aloe

cen′tury plant`


n.
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.
[1755–65, Amer.]
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Noun1.century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikescentury plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
Agavaceae, agave family, family Agavaceae, sisal family - chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae
Agave americana, American agave - widely cultivated American monocarpic plant with greenish-white flowers on a tall stalk; blooms only after ten to twenty years and then dies
Agave sisalana, sisal - Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope
Agave cantala, cantala, maguey - Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine
Agave atrovirens, maguey - Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal
Agave tequilana - Mexican plant used especially for making tequila
dracaena - an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage
Nolina microcarpa, bear grass - stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico
sansevieria, bowstring hemp - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
desert plant, xerophile, xerophilous plant, xerophyte, xerophytic plant - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
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Agave americana is also known as century plant or American aloe, in the arid areas of Central America, Mexico, India, Africa and Southern Europe.
Agave Americana, also known as century plant, is a poisonous plant that can be found in Mexico and is generally not edible.
Although known as the century plant it typically lives for 25 years, making it a great family heirloom.
The agave, or century plant, may not take 100 years to bloom, but it could take half that long.
Kelaidis' (pale salmon flowers), as well as Agave utahensis, a spiny miniature century plant.
Agave, the century plant, is a vicious but startling-looking species due to the spikes at the end of each leaf, so handle with care.
The Camp Century plant was the first prepackaged nuclear power plant to be installed, operated and subsequently removed, according to a declassified Energy Department report on the history of highly enriched uranium.
When you look across a carpet of snowdrops it's hard to believe they are not native and were brought over either by the Romans or, more likely, by 16th century plant collectors.
Succulent and statuesque, Agaves and especially the variegated American century plant make a great focal point or accent in a sunny spot and can be used in pots or planted in a rocky outcrop in a gravel garden.
Maguey refers to various forms of the a gave and furcraea genus, also called the century plant, and fibers from these plants are used to create many classic Guatemalan textiles.
Visitors are flocking to see century plant cactus, also called agave mitis.
We are also on schedule to start our Century Plant in the second quarter of 2010.