The Century Plant excels as a strong accent, where a
bold tropical effect is wanted. As an ornamental, Century
Plant is usually grown in rock gardens and in cactus and succulent
gardens. Century Plant can be grown in containers, where it
stays much smaller than its outdoor brethren.
Century Plant can get very large, and its armed with
needle-sharp spines, so don't plant it near paths or
walkways. The sharp spines that terminate the leaves can be
removed so that they do not injure children and pets.
from the Greek agaous meaning admirable, which refers to
the plants striking appearance when they flower. These
plants have been used in some cultures for rope and fiber and in
others for an alcoholic drink, pulque and vino mescal.