3’ x 3’ with flower spike to 10’ Shaw’s Agave forms a large tight rosette of deep green succulent leaves edged with sharp teeth. Each rosette lives 20-30 years before it flowers and than dies. Northern San Diego County is the far northern part of its range.
This coastal Agave was very important to the Native Americans. The young flower stalk and the central crown were roasted in pit ovens, this caramelized the food which then lasted for many months. Flowers and seeds were also eaten.