This graceful, broad form of Agave grows relatively quickly to form a solitary rosette of short, broad, cupped leaves lined with small teeth and tipped with steel grey, terminal spines. Its distinctive powdery grey color has almost a turquoise cast to it. This is one of the most cold hardy Agaves, tolerating temperatures as low as 5°F. At the end of its lifecycle, a majestic 10-14 foot spire carries interesting greenish yellow flowers.
The common name "Century Plant" is alluding to the belief that it takes 100 years to bloom. In reality, Agaves bloom after 15-20 years, and the main crown dies after blooming.