Native to central Mexico, Agave attenuata is a perennial succulent. It has a thick stem (up to 150 cm in length) crowned with a rosette of thick, soft, fleshy, pale green, pointed, leaves. On this rosette pictured, leaves were 50 cm long and 15 cm wide.
The central stem will also sprout other rosettes in time.
It takes up to 10 years to grow a tall flower spike, up to 3m tall, with clusters of very pretty creamy white bell shaped flowers in spring and summer.
''Agave attenuata'' is a species of agave sometimes known as the lion's tail, swan's neck, or foxtail for its development of a curved inflorescence, unusual among agaves. Native to the plateau of the State of Jalisco in central Mexico, as one of the unarmed agaves, it is popular as an ornamental plant in gardens.