Agave chrysantha

Agave chrysantha

Goldenflower century plant

  • Botanical name: Agave chrysantha
  • Common name: Goldenflower century plant
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, Evergreen
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The goldenflower century plant, Agave chrysantha, is a stunning succulent perennial native to arid, mountainous regions of Arizona. It’s a great option for growing in a sunny, well-drained gravel garden.


Once the rosette of thick, glaucous foliage has produced a flower spike, it dies, to be replaced by many younger plants. While in bloom, the rich yellow flowers provide masses of nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. 


For best results, grow Agave chrysantha in full sun in very well-drained soil. While hardy, it won’t enjoy winter wet, so grow be sure to incorporate plenty of grit when planting. Take great care when moving around the plant, as the leaves and leaf blades are extremely sharp and could cause a nasty injury.

How to grow Agave chrysantha

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

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Agave chrysantha and wildlife

Agave chrysantha is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Agave chrysantha poisonous?

Agave chrysantha can be toxic. Its foliage and sap are toxic.

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Toxic to Cats

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No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock