, a bromeliad, grows in north central Mexico and the Big Bend
region of far west Texas, where it resembles agave lechuguilla
, but is easily distinguished by the rich red color of its leaves - either the whole upper surface, or just the edges and tips. The upwards pointing leaves are tapering, 1 to 1.5 inches wide at the base, up to 17 inches long and lined by a regular array of large teeth (lechuguilla have no teeth). In arid conditions leaf tips may turn brown and become shriveled. The small, brownish-white springtime flowers are borne on a branched stalk about 2 feet tall. New plants sprout from the base.