A truly majestic and absolutely magnificent plant closely related to Agave, that forms a very large, dense crown up to 4 m (13 ft.) across. The crown holds up to 300 broad, succulent, slightly keeled and recurved, pale green to bluish leaves with smooth margins and sits atop a stocky trunk to 6 m (20 ft.) or more tall and 70 cm (28 in.) in diameter. It flowers only once in its life after somewhere between 10 and 25 years (not hundreds, as had been assumed in the past), and the giant flower stalk is a true spectacle that can reach to 6 m (20 ft.) or more tall. On top of the sizable trunk this can mean a total plant height of 12 m (40 ft.) or more, representing one of the largest flowering structures of any plant. Native to the Mexican states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla, it is found in dry scrubland or pine-oak-forest between 2200 and an astounding 3100 m (7200 and 10200 ft.). It does well in temperate and warm temperate regions and tolerates moderate freezes. Furcraea longaeva apparently does not produce bulbils like many in the genus. A smaller Furcraea frequently in cultivation under the name F. longaeva, however, does so in profusion, and it is likely these cultivated plants belong to a different species altogether. In essence, if you have plants in your collection labeled F. longaeva, they might not actually be that species.