Scientific Name:Agave americana L.
About this Herb:Originally native to Mexico, it has since been cultivated as an ornamental plant in many countries. It now grows wild in Europe, South Africa, India, and Australia.
The spikey gray green leaves of the Agave Americana, grow in clusters that can be as much as 6 feet long, with tips sharp enough to cause deep puncture wounds. Towards the end of the plant’s life large yellow flowers bloom on spikes as tall as 8 feet. After flowering, at 10 to 30 years old, the plant dies. However, suckers are produced at the plant base from which new life grows.