Agave

Native to arid and hot regions of Mexico, agaves are large succulents with long, fleshy leaves that usually have a sharp, terminal spine. Each rosette is monocarpic and grows slowly to flower only once. During flowering, a tall stem or "mast" grows from the center of the leaf rosette and bears a large number of short, tubular flowers. After development of fruit, the original plant dies, but suckers are frequently produced from the base of the stem, which become new plants.