The Agave plant, also known as Maguey or the Century Plant (which is really a misnomer since they live 10-30 years, not a century) is originally from Mexico. These beauties have naturalized in Texas and were first identified as Agave Americana in the 1753 edition of Species Plantarum.
Mature plants, like the ones in my neighborhood (shown above) can send spikes over 20 feet tall, each bursting with hundreds of short, tubular yellow flowers.
Some of the agave in my yard (this one is a little over 5 feet tall) have smooth margins or edges while others have a brutal, serrated edge. But, don't let any of them fool you. These plants are seriously dangerous.
For centuries, the agave has been cultivated for its juice which is used to make a native drink called Pulque and for the distilled spirits, Tequila and Mezcal. It's nectar is also a natural sweetener called agave syrup.
Other than the top two photos which I took in our neighborhood, all of the other photos shown here were taken of agave plants on our property.
The agave is so loved locally that we've used the dead stalks during our Fiesta celebrations for decor.
All photos above by Alamodeus.