Hedgehog Agave (Agave stricta) in the Agaves Database

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: The juice from many species of agave can cause acute contact dermatitis that produces reddening and blistering lasting approximately one to two weeks. Itching may recur up to a year later without a visible rash. Dried parts of the plants can be handled sa
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in shallow pots with a well draining, sterile mix; 50/50 organic/inorganic of coarse perlite, pumice; sphagnum peat or good compost. Avoid manures. Irrigate from below by submerging in water to 1/2 height of pot. Provide bright, indirect light and a
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Offsets
Other: Bulbils
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Dec 24, 2018 11:03 PM

Symmetrical green agave with many straight, narrow leaves. Often with reddish highlights. Unbranched inflorescences with greenish petals and reddish purple stamens. May form axillary branches after flowering, thus not monocarpic, unlike most agaves. Typically grows in clusters over time.

Limited to the Tehuacán valley in south-central Mexico. Apparently not consumed by livestock. Easily confused with A. striata (from the Chihuahuan Desert much further north in Mexico), another plant with many narrow leaves which also branches after flowering, and can form spiny clusters. A. striata is much more cold tolerant than A. stricta. The two plants are best distinguished based on floral features.

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