It is commonly used as a landscaping plant, since it is one of the largest and fastest growing of all agaves, producing a rosette 12 feet wide, with green or greyish leaves (sometimes with banded colors) up to 6 feet long. Like most agave, these are lined by sharp teeth, each about 1/3 inch long and an inch or less apart. In mature specimens some leaves curl backwards, resulting in a less symmetric plant. Grows well in sandy soils. Yellow flowers in clusters along the lateral branches sprouting for the upper half of the 15-30 ft  tall stalk. Specimen can grow very large.