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Characteristics

Conservation Plant Characteristics

Agave americana L.
American century plant
AGAM

Summary
Duration PR Federal T/E Status
Growth Habit SS, FB, SH   National Wetland Indicator
Native Status L48 (N), HI (I), VI (I)      
 
Morphology/Physiology
Active Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall   Fruit/Seed Conspicuous No
After Harvest Regrowth Rate Slow   Growth Form Single Crown
Bloat None   Growth Rate Slow
C:N Ratio High   Height at Base Age, Maximum
Coppice Potential No   Height at Maturity 6.0
Fall Conspicuous Yes   Known Allelopath No
Fire Resistant Yes   Leaf Retention Yes
Flower Color Yellow   Lifespan Long
Flower Conspicuous No   Low Growing Grass No
Foliage Color Green   Nitrogen Fixation None
Foliage Porosity Summer Dense   Resprout Ability No
Foliage Porosity Winter Dense   Shape and Orientation Semi-Erect
Foliage Texture Coarse   Toxicity None
Fruit/Seed Color Brown      
 
Growth Requirements
Adapted To Coarse Textured Soils Yes   Moisture Use Low
Adapted To Medium Textured Soils Yes   pH, Minimum 6.0
Adapted To Fine Textured Soils No   pH, Maximum 8.0
Anaerobic Tolerance None   Planting Density Per Acre, Minimum 1200
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium   Planting Density Per Acre, Maximum 1700
Cold Stratification Required No   Precipitation, Minimum 8
Drought Tolerance High   Precipitation, Maximum 14
Fertility Requirement Low   Root Depth, Minimum 30
Fire Tolerance Low   Salinity Tolerance Low
Frost Free Days, Minimum 300   Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Hedge Tolerance Medium   Temperature, Minimum (°F) 12
 
Reproduction
Bloom Period Indeterminate   Propagated By Cuttings No
Commercial Availability No Known Source   Propagated By Seed Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance Low   Propagated By Sod No
Fruit/Seed Period Begin   Propagated By Sprigs Yes
Fruit/Seed Period End   Propagated By Tubers No
Fruit/Seed Persistence Yes   Seed Per Pound 15000
Propagated By Bare Root Yes   Seed Spread Rate Slow
Propagated By Bulbs No   Seedling Vigor Low
Propagated By Container No   Small Grain No
Propagated By Corms No   Vegetative Spread Rate None
 
Suitibility/Use
Berry/Nut/Seed Product No   Palatable Browse Animal
Christmas Tree Product No   Palatable Graze Animal
Fodder Product No   Palatable Human No
Fuelwood Product   Post Product No
Lumber Product No   Protein Potential
Naval Store Product No   Pulpwood Product No
Nursery Stock Product No   Veneer Product No
 
 
Time Generated: 06/02/2020 11:05 AM CDT