TROPICAL PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIA


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Agave americana, Century plant

Agave americana

Century plant
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexican highlands
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsThorny or spiny

The genus of more than 200 species of rosette-forming, mostly monocarpic, or sometimes perennial succulents from the desert and mountainous regions of the Americas. The most popular Agave is the Century Plant, so-called because of the mistaken belief that it flowers only once every 100 years. There are two colorful varietis - Agava americana marginata (green leaves edged with yellow) and Agava americana mediopicta (cream leaves edged with green). These plants produce leaves 3 or 4 feet long, and their size makes them unsuitable for an ordinary room. In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there is no need to mist the leaves.





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Agave amica, Polianthes tuberosa, Tuberose

Agave amica, Polianthes tuberosa

Tuberose
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Tuberose grows in elongated spikes up to 45 cm (18 in) long that produce clusters of fragrant waxy white flowers that bloom from the bottom towards the top of the spike. It has long, bright green leaves clustered at the base of the plant and smaller, clasping leaves along the stem.

Tuberose may grow wild in Mexico and surrounding countries, but the cultivation of tuberose is usually in Morocco, the Comores Islands, France, Hawaii, South Africa, India, and China.

Long-lasting as a cut flower in water (with lots of changes.)Most flowers begin to lose their scent when they are picked. Not so with tuberose, like jasmine, the heady floral scent continues to produce itself. In Ayurvedic medicine, attars are held in high esteem not only for their exquisite fragrance, but their healing properties. Tuberose is known to improve one's capacity for emotional depth.

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Polianthes tuberosa (Agave amica) - Tuberose Shringar

The Tuberose grows in elongated spikes up to 45 cm long that produce clusters of fragrant waxy white flowers that bloom from the bottom towards the top of the spike. It has long, bright green leaves clustered at the base of the plant and smaller, clasping leaves along the stem.
Long-lasting as a cut flower in water. Most flowers begin to lose their scent when they are picked. Not so with tuberose, like jasmine, the heady floral scent continues to produce itself. In Ayurvedic medicine, attars are held in high esteem not only for their exquisite fragrance but their healing properties. Tuberose is known to improve one's capacity for emotional depth.
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Agave angustifolia Marginata, Agave marginata, Agave Maguey Lechugilla

Agave angustifolia Marginata, Agave marginata

Agave Maguey Lechugilla
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsOrnamental foliageThorny or spiny

This plant grows fairly fast in summer if it's provided with extra water. Even though it is a drought-tolerant plant, it is suitable for xeriscaping. Leaves have a white margin and the Stem can be short.




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Agave attenuata, Fox Tail Agave, Swan's Neck Agave

Agave attenuata

Fox Tail Agave, Swan's Neck Agave
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersThorny or spiny

The Agave attenuata is a tropical agave, it is frost sensitive, it doesn't like the hot, Arizona sun, and requires more water. It grows well in Phoenix, provided that it's protected by an overhanging tree or temporary shelter on freezing nights.




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Agave neglecta, Small agave

Agave neglecta

Small agave
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: Florida
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsThorny or spiny

Agave neglecta has been regarded as endemic to Florida, but is now treated as the same species as the Mexican Agave weberi and only naturalized in Florida through human agency.



Agave neglecta, Small agave
Agave neglecta, Small agave


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Agave sp., Agave
Agave desmettiana

Agave sp.

Agave
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliageEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Thorny or spiny

Agaves are rosette plants that live for many several years before flowering. Each rosette will flower only once, then die. The English common name, Century Plant, is based on the mistaken belief that the plants grow for 100 years before blooming. In fact, some of the smaller species flower when only 3 to 4 years old. The larger species may live for 40 to 50 years before flowering. They may be planted outdoors in mild climates, especially those that are desert and semi-desert; otherwise, they may be grown in a greenhouse and when small as houseplants. In regions with harsh winters, Agaves may be planted outdoors in the summer and brought in during the winter. The sizes of the Agaves vary from 6 inches to 15 feet wide between the species.

Species and varieties:

Agave americana

Agave angustifolia

Agave attenuata

Agave avellanidens

Agave Blue Jazz

Agave celsii

Agave desmettiana

Agave eduardi

Agave ferox

Agave guttata

Agave isthmensis

Agave leopoldii

Agave lophantha

Agave neglecta

Agave parrasana

Agave parryi

Agave potatorum

Agave schottii

Agave sisalana

Agave stricta

Agave tequilana

Agave toumeyana

Agave victoriae reginae

Agave vilmoriniana





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Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
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Agave tequilana

Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsOrnamental foliageThorny or spiny

Tequila Agave, Century Plant. Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave (agave azul) or tequila agave, is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco, Mexico, due to its role as the base ingredient of tequila, a popular distilled beverage. The high production of sugars, mostly fructose, in the core of the plant is the main characteristic that makes it suitable for the preparation of alcoholic beverages. Great addition to cactus - rock gardens - ethno-botanical collections. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. Grows fairly fast in summer if provided with extra water.



Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant


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Albuca spiralis , Frizzle Sizzle, Corkscrew Albuca

Albuca spiralis

Frizzle Sizzle, Corkscrew Albuca
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Hyacinthaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Origin: South Africa
CaudexCan be used for bonsaiGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterFragrant

This is one of the coolest plant you've ever grown! Albuca spiralis Frizzle Sizzle (the Corkscrew Albuca) is a South African bulb selection with green onion-like leaves that look like they were curled with a curling iron. Each plant has its own personality...some have short, tightly curled leaves, others have taller, looser curled leaves. Over time, the bulb will multiply, resulting in a full, very wild and wacky clump. Albuca spiralis blooms in the spring with spikes of orchid-like chartreuse-yellow flowers. On occasion, Albuca Frizzle Sizzle will rebloom later in the season. Not only is this a fun plant that will capture the attention of everyone who sees it, but it is super easy to grow, too. Treat it like a succulent. Lots of sun, well draining soil, and let the soil dry between waterings. Hot and dry conditions seem to encourage the most extreme leaf coils. In norther climates, Albuca spiralis Frizzle Sizzle is easily over wintered indoors on a sunny window sill. Or stop watering, let the bulb go dormant, and store in a cool, dry location. Fragrant yellow flowers appear in spring on flower spikes that are adorned with 10-20 blooms per spike. The blossoms have a light vanilla fragrance. Grow in full sun and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. There are no pest or disease problems with Frizzle Sizzle so it makes an ideal home garden plant that's distinctive and eye-catching.





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Arthropodium cirrhatum, Renga Lily, Rock-lily

Arthropodium cirrhatum

Renga Lily, Rock-lily
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Laxmanniaceae)
Subfamily: Lomandroideae
Origin: New Zealand
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is evergreen with small white flowers in early summer. This plant was possibly formerly cultivated for its edible root by the Maoris, the root grows larger under cultivation.





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Asparagus aethiopicus, Asparagus Fern, Foxtail Fern, Sprenger's Asparagus
Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri'

Asparagus aethiopicus

Asparagus Fern, Foxtail Fern, Sprenger's Asparagus
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Asparagaceae / Hyacinthaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Asparagoideae
Origin: South Africa
Vine or creeperSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Asparagus aethiopicus has been confused with Asparagus densiflorus, now regarded as a separate species, so that information about A. aethiopicus will often be found under the name A. densiflorus.





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