IAgave americana, commonly known as the century plant, maguey, or American aloe, is an agave originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant.  I took this picture on the top left yesterday afternoon.  The image to the right was downloaded from the web.  I used it so you can get a better look at the blooms at the top.  According to local lore, these “Century Plants” only bloom every hundred years, hence the name.  I doubt this is true, but it makes for a good legend.  What do you think?