Agave sisalana


The Agave sisalana's exact origin unknown. Possible hybrid origin within the Agave vivipara-complex. Indigenous to Mexico, however, exact native origin is unknown. General consensus amongst botanists is that this Agave is indigenous to the Yucatán Peninsula.

The Agave sisalana is a tropical/subtropical plant. USDA hardiness zone: 9-11. Requires full sun to partial shade or very high interior lighting. This succulent is not drought tolerant. Ground cultivated plants have higher drought and salt tolerances. Little to no irrigation is required once the plant is established.

The Agave sisalana requires more water than most other Agave species. Water, but then allow soil to completely dry out before watering again. During the winter months, only water enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Fertilize once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.

Medicinal uses (*The Cactus King does not recommend utilizing a plant medicinally without first speaking to a licensed medical professional*):

1. Antimicrobial
2. Anti-inflammatory
3. Cultivated as a source of hecogenin (used in manufacturing corticosteroids)


Agave amaniensis Trel. & Nowell
Agave segurae D.Guillot & P.Van der Meer
Agave sisalana f. armata (Trel.) Trel.

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer, dry in winter
Mature Height: 
8 ft
Mature Width: 
12 ft
Latin Name: 
Agave sisalana
Common Name: 
Century Plant, Sisal Hemp, Sisal Agave, Pulque Agave, Green Agave, Banana Hemp, Sisal

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Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

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Houston, TX Rodeo

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