Agave

In case you have not heard of Agave so far, but you are interested in improving your knowledge, we invite you to take a look over several aspects related to this flower! Agave is a monocot that only flowers once in its life. This is a perennial plant and there have been areas where people called it century plant. It is original from Mexico, but botanists have acknowledged that United States and South America are also native places for this plant.

Some general characteristics of Agave include: thick leaved, with leaves that appear to grow right from the ground and spiny ends and are considered to be ornamental flowers. Agave have even been confused with “cacti”, as a consequence of their shape of leaves, but botanists warn us on not making this mistake ever again, as they have absolutely nothing in common. If you take a look on an Agave, you will notice its sharp point that raises into evidence from a certain distance.

As far as the use of Agave are concerned, it can be considered both a source of food and a decorating element. It depends on the geographical areas we are referring to. Botanists have tried to find a taxonomy for this flower and after long debates, they have finally reached this result.

Thus, Agave only started to be famous in Europe in the 1800s, when collectors showed their interest towards importing them. It was Spanish people that are supposed to have brought Agave in Europe, together with the Portuguese. However, as time went by, climate conditions have changed and subsequently, these flowers have suffered several modifications.

Even so, it was quite difficult for the botanists to reach an agreement over the genus of this flower and it took quite a long way trying to reach the most suitable one.

Agave is now considered to be paraphyletic, above the Manfreda, the Polianthes and the Prochnyanthes. Davidson, a famous researcher in the field of Agave and not only, mentioned back in 1999 that Agave has four important elements that can be eaten. These include the leaves, the rosettes from the base, the flower and “aguamiel”, a succulent sap.

Of all these pieces of information that you have been offered, we are sure that your interest in this flower has raised high enough, so all we have to do now is to wish you bon appetite or have a nice time with your new ornamental flower!

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