a tropical American desert agave (Agave americana) having fleshy leaves and a tall stalk that bears greenish flowers only once after 10 to 30 years and then dies: mistakenly thought to bloom only once a century
(plural century plants)
- An agave (Agave americana) originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide.
So named because the plant may live for several decades before producing flowers. Once a plant flowers and produces seeds, it dies.