century plant noun
: a Mexican agave (Agave americana) that takes many years to mature, flowers only once, and then dies
First Known Use of CENTURY PLANT
Rhymes with CENTURY PLANT
century plant noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Species of agave (Agave americana), of Mexico and the southwestern U.S. It takes many years (from five to 100) to mature, flowers only once, and then dies. It is widely cultivated for its large spiny leaves and enormous flower cluster, and may reach 20 ft (6 m) in height. Century plants provide the distinctive ingredient for the alcoholic drinks pulque and mescal.
Variants of CENTURY PLANT
century plant or American aloe or maguey
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