Century plant is a desert plant with thick leaves, which occurs mainly in Mexico and Central America, but also on the Canary Islands. The plant sap of the agave is used in Mexico to distill schnapps, the well-known Mezcal. Also a diabetic suitable sugar substitute is produced from the thick juice of the century plant. Agave syrup is also very popular.
Agave, Sentry plant, Maguey, American aloe, Agave cactus, American agave.
Plant parts used
Oxalic acid, rhamnose, saponins, xylose.
- Natural sweetener
Attention!! Slightly toxic! And the juice can irritate the skin! Only use in ready-to-use preparations, homeopathically or externally, always in low doses.
Agave americana, common names sentry plant, century plant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Mexico and the United States in Texas. It is cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant, and has been naturalized in many regions, including parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern Mediterranean Basin, Africa, India, China, Thailand, and Australia.
Despite the common name "American aloe", it is not closely related to plants in the genus Aloe.
So named because the plant may live for several decades before producing flowers. Once a plant flowers and produces seeds, it dies.
century plant (plural century plants)
- An agave (Agave americana) originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide.
- American aloe, maguey