THDb: Agave americana

Agave americana

Common names: Century plant, maguey, American aloe
Appearance: A jade crown in a dustbowl, hungry bats flitting past its teeth
Occupation: Star of the long-running Wile E. Coyote Sculpture Hour
Scent: A sugared buzzsaw with basenotes of musky sheriff.
Zones: Throwing shade on your vegan pancakes outside Needles, CA
History: Queen of the monocots, exiled from Atlantis
Applications: Calexico-tussin
Care:  Sends up the warning flair when your enemy makes landfall
Needs:  Low and semi-shady table-lands; death before water
Cameos:  Honeychild of the Desert, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and coming soon to DVD

Browse, shoot and share Agave americana (American century plant) in the Community Garden