- any New World plant of the genus Agave, requiring many years to mature and blooming once before dying, especially the widely cultivated species A. americana, having leaves in a basal rosette and a tall flower stalk.
Origin of century plant
An Americanism dating back to 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for century plant
In one garden that we visited we saw a century-plant 222 in bud.Palmetto-Leaves
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Well seasoned he is, of course, and suitable as a prop for a century-plant, but not for a scarlet runner!Polly Oliver's Problem
Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
Name from , noble,—not inappropriate as applied to A. Americana, the Century-plant.
She had not time to evolve a century-plant, or elaborate an oak-tree, before man would be upon it again.Upon The Tree-Tops
Olive Thorne Miller
- an agave, Agave americana, native to tropical America but naturalized elsewhere, having very large spiny greyish leaves and greenish flowers on a tall fleshy stalk. It blooms only once in its life, after 10 to 30 years (formerly thought to flower after a century)Also called: American aloe
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