Agave americana 'Silver Surfer' is a clump-forming century plant that offers dramatic wide, silver-blue leaves and teeth along the margins. It is great for containers, xeriscape and rock gardens. The plant can grow to 5ft in height and 9ft wide.
Agave plants are best known as succulent plants with large leaves that end in spiny tips. There is a lot of variety in the agave genus. There are the large, stiff specimens that can grow to 20 feet in diameter. Agaves are all stemless, or nearly so, with strappy, succulent leaves that end in sharp points. Foliage tends toward a blue-green in hardier varieties and a gray-green in warm climate varieties. There are also some that are variegated with gold or white markings. When the plant matures, a tall, flower-stalk grows out of the plant’s center. The flowers are bell-shaped and long-lasting, in shades of white, yellow and green. For most agave species, once the flowers produce the berry seed pods, the plant dies. Agaves thrive on neglect. They grow quickly and remain attractive all year.