Agave americana

  • Agave americana
  • Agave americana


A plant very present in the French Riviera

Agave Americana or American aloe is a monocarpic plant: it only flowers once in its lifetime, after around 15 years. After blooming, the plant is exhausted and dies. Its very high and impressive flower can be seen from afar.

Agaves have an open heart and often grow to a much more impressive size than

the aloes you’ll come across at the four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette®, although the two varieties are sometimes confused. They are often found along the roadside, at the foot of certain large properties in the Var and more generally on the Côte d’Azur where they have adapted particularly well.

Aesthetic and multifunctional

Agave syrup is used to make tequila and mezcal. Agave leaves consist of very solid fibres used to make clothes, rope, coconut mats and sisal.

The agave originates mostly from Mexico, but is also found in southwestern areas of the United States, Central America and South America.  

Where to find it at the campsite

You’ll find agave in the Cactus Garden (nr. 2 on the botanical footpath plan).


Latin name :Agave americana
Family :agavaceae
Genus :Agave
Species :americana
Color :Grey-blue leaves – Orange-yellow and red flowers
Subspecies :variegata
Origin :Mexico, Central and South America
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Succulent
Height :Up to 2 m (excluding flower)
Flowering :July & August (once only)
Agave americana

Did you know?

Agave sap is highly toxic and can cause burns.