In the book “The Mediterranean gardener” by Hugo Latymer, He describes the Agave as follows:”The agave form huge rosettes of long, menacing spiked leaves. After twelve years or so they throw up a vast flowering spike like a gigantic asparagus spear; this opens into a “candelabrum” of yellow flowers at the top, after which impressive feat it dies
How accurate and descriptive. The variegated version is Agave Americana. The plants are spiky and large and take up too much space in most gardens. The Spanish use the long spears as the vertical part of a ladder, -hopefully the photo shows how practical that is.