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The Agave americana is also known as American Aloe or the century plant. It is a large and beautiful succulent which can grow up to a maximum height of 15 feet. The plant is widely grown because of its ornamental features and medicinal uses.
The Agave americana is famously known as the American aloe or the Century plant. It hails from the Agave family, the plant family which consists of succulents and cactus
The Agave Americana is widely cultivated in United States, Arizona and Texas. It is a native of Mexico.
The plant produces attractive greenish-yellow flowers. Therefore, it is widely grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.
Agave americana is basically a low maintenance plant which grows well the basic care is provided.
Make sure the plant is grown in a frost-free region.
The Agave americana can grow up to a maximum height of 15 feet.
For proper growth, the Agave americana should be exposed to full sun or direct sunlight.
The plant is considered to grow well when it is placed in a garden or balcony that receives partial shade.
The Agave americana prefers minimum watering.
The plant can tolerate droughts, heat and consistent lack of water.
The established Agave Americana rarely need the application of fertilizers.
When the plant is newly established or is in a growing phase, the plant can be supplied with a balanced fertiliser having equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
The soil pH can be acidic, neutral or alkaline.
The plant should be carefully pruned occasionally to maintain its proper shape.
The proper period for pruning the Agave americana is during the onset of spring or late fall. The pruning of the plant enables vigorous growth.
The Snout weevils also are known as the sisal weevil is considered to be the most harmful species of the Agave americana. This problem can be resolved by spraying insecticidal soap.
The Agave Americana is considered as the best herbal remedy for weak digestion, intestinal gas and diarrhoea.
The medicinal plant is considered to be a good source of hecogenin, a compound used in the production of steroidal drugs.
It is also used as an ornamental plant.