Agave Cactus (Leuchtenbergia principis)

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 7, 2019 8:40 PM

Oddball cactus with long, exaggerated tubercles that look like leaves (thus the common name). From the Chihuahuan Desert, with a substantial taproot. Tubercles may grow to about 4-5 inches long, each bearing weak spines at its tip. Flowers are large, fragrant, and yellow. Widespread but uncommon in habitat and uncommon in cultivation. A staple of botanical gardens. Slow growing. Allow extra space in containers for the tap root. Best form with strong light. Provide excellent drainage and do not overwater.

Found in 6 different states in north-central Mexico. Apparently associated with Ferocactus; intergeneric hybrids exist and are called xFerobergia.

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