Agave are native to the USA, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. There are over 200 named species. The name Agave means 'noble' in Greek referring to the tall flower stem that can reach 10m. Several species have economic importance: A. sisalana and A. fourcroydes are cultivated for fiber; A. tequilana for tequila.
These hardy plants are generally quite slow growing, requiring full sun to light shade to maintain their colour and shape. In winter water once every 1-2 months. Very drought tolerant. Most are frost hardy.