Interesting Facts About Agave

1) Its area of origin is the arid region that today is distributed between the north of Mexico and the south of the United States.

2) It is estimated that the genus began to diversify 12 million years ago, so it has achieved an enormous diversity of species, surpassing 300.

3) The species of the genus are very similar in their shape and growth.

4) They form a large basal rosette of thick and fleshy leaves, in some cases of considerable size, which are placed in a spiral around a short stem concerning their length, so they appear to be born directly from the ground.

5) Most species develop a large number of basal tillers around the original rosette, forming dense colonies that are growing and fruiting.

6) Soil characteristics for optimum growth should be clay, permeable and abundant in elements derived from basalt and with the presence of iron, preferably volcanic.

7) Sun exposure is significant for its development; without exceeding 100 cloudy days per year and preferably only 65.

8) Its growth is prolonged and takes 8 to 10 years to reach maturity.

9) The flowering occurs only once, emits a long stalk of almost 10 m in height that is born from the center of the rosette, with numerous groups of small tubular flowers.

10) The plant dies after developing the fruit, but usually produces sprouts at its base.

11) The genus Agave was released scientifically in Europe, in 1753, by the Swedish naturalist Charles Linnaeus, who took it from the Greek Agavos.

12) The word agave alludes to something admirable or noble.