One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A succulent plant with rosettes of narrow spiny leaves and tall flower spikes, native to the southern US and tropical America.
Genus Agave, family Agavaceae: numerous species, including the century plant
- ‘They lead into pine forests as well as impressive stands of coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities notable for Mojave yuccas, prickly pear, and agaves.’
- ‘Species with leathery leaves such as agaves, aloes, echeverias and sanseverias are the obvious choice because they can tolerate extremes of heat, cold and drought.’
- ‘As a native Californian, she was particularly drawn to plants that define Southern California gardening, such as agaves, bush anemones, cycads, and New Zealand flax.’
- ‘Some vascular plants have also developed succulence, a condition in which the tissues are spongy and swollen for storing water, as in cacti and agaves.’
- ‘Succulent plants such as agaves, aloes, and echeverias are often associated with heat-loving landscapes.’
- ‘Plants such as tree ferns, agaves and olive trees can all be grown quite well.’
- ‘As we began descending from mountains into the desert, I saw agaves, cacti, and ocotillo thriving on the dry, rugged slopes.’
- ‘Its larger counterpart, the agave or century plant, like a tank-trap, can still be seen used as a washing line, with the clothes hung on the huge spikes.’
- ‘Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, the grey-blue tinge of an agave and the blue flowers of nepeta all work in harmony with the piece.’
- ‘Hot yellows and reds are very popular right now and in the last five years agaves and yuccas have been making impressive architectural statements in gardens.’
- ‘Anchor the landscape with permanent plants that look good year-round; Armann planted agave, lantana, rosemary, and yucca.’
- ‘While the garden's toughest souls - including agaves, plumbago and ornamental grasses - remain healthy enough to prevent us from feeling total despair, other plants are showing signs of stress.’
- ‘The often steep and rugged lower slopes of the mountains are dominated by cacti, agaves, yuccas, and thorn-bearing shrubs.’
- ‘Two features make the Chihuahuan Desert region unique: the vast temperate grasslands that skirt the mountain flanks at mid-elevation and the diversity of yuccas and agaves.’
- ‘Rather spookily, an agave and some opium poppies had survived last winter almost unscathed.’
- ‘In warmer climates such as those of California and Texas, I've seen it growing with desert plants like cactus and agave.’
- ‘A sustainable cropping system is used to harvest the agave plants just before they flower.’
- ‘Maguey is a kind of agave with succulent leaves and a sharp thorn on the tip.’
- ‘Spiny agaves are limited to the front yard, while softer plants grow in back, where the children play.’
- ‘Indeed, Mediterranean plants and succulents like agaves work splendidly in coastal and desert plantings.’
Latin, from Greek Agauē, the name of one of the daughters of Cadmus in Greek mythology, from agauos ‘illustrious’.
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