Agavaceae – Century-plant Family

Plants in the Century-plant Family (Agavaceae) are unusual shrubs with sessile, glabrous, fleshy, entire, linear, spine-tipped leaves in a basal rosette, capsular fruit, and panicles of 6-segmented flowers (3 sepals and 3 petals) with 6 stamens on towering flower stalks. Plants in the Century-plant Family are monocarpic, meaning that they will bloom only once and then die.

Listed below are some of the southeastern Arizona plants in this family.