Agave is a wonderful genus of succulent plants mainly from the American Southwest and Mexico. They make striking plants in the garden especially when they flower (an effort so supreme that they die afterward). Commonly called "Century Plants" because of the mistaken belief that they grow for 100 years before blooming. In our gardens a bloom is quite rare, but it could happen anytime after 7 years. Fortunately by then, the plant usually produces many pups which can set into the garden to carry on the tradition.