Agaves are stemless plants, but they have lots of long, fleshy leaves. Leaves can be 3 to 6 feet in length.
I like the way Agave look. They look like a rosette. Some are very statuesque.
The slightest raindrops will slide down the long leaves to the center of the plant. The slightest bit of water slides so quickly it plays tricks on your eyes as to what you just saw.
The soft glow of sunset makes the tiny agave spines stand out as they are located all along the leaf. The tip of each long leaf is spiked also and it is a strong spike so avoid it. Some people take scissors and cut the tips off of the spike at the end of a leaf, but we do not do that. It changes the look too much.
Most agave only flower once in their life and then they die. Agave flower usually between ten and 25 years old. I lost two big blue agaves in the past two years after they flowered. The main stalk grows from the center like Jack in the Beanstalk. The flowers and process lasts a while and is quite pretty to watch and to photograph.