This granddaddy of agaves certainly makes a statement! It is relatively fast growing, to about 6 feet tall by 8-10 feet wide. The wide, grey leaves have stiff terminal spines and recurved teeth along the margins. Century plant prefers full sun exposures and well-drained soils, but is adaptable to a wide range of conditions, including coastal climates. It is cold hardy to 15° F. Unfortunately, it is the most popular menu item for the agave snout weevil. As with most agaves, the tall stalk of spectacular golden flowers signals the end of the mother plants' life cycle, but this species pups freely. Agave americana v. marginata has creamy yellow stripes along the leaf margins. Agave americana v. mediopicta has arching leaves, with a creamy white stripe down the center.