Century Plant (Agave asperrima) in the Agaves Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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: Monocarpic

Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 4, 2018 1:33 PM

Medium to large, slow-growing agave which thrives in full hot sun and tolerates extended drought. One of the most common agaves of the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico. Grows in the driest areas, often on limestone or caliche. Related to the common Agave americana. Used to make mescal.

Distinguished by a rough sandpapery texture on the surface of the leaves. Variable in leaf shape. Leaves are blue/gray/green and channeled. Rosettes are open with relatively few leaves.

One of the parents (with nickelsiae) of Sharkskin and related natural hybrids, which retain the rough leaf texture.

Formerly known as Agave scabra, which was originally described separately from Agave asperrima, when those two species were considered distinct. The name asperrima took precedence because scabra was already taken by a totally distinct Manfreda. Agave asperrima is not and has never been the plant formerly known as Manfreda scabra, recently reabsorbed into Agave. The Agave scabra described by Gentry (the subject of this entry) is different from the Agave scabra currently recognized as a former member of Manfreda.

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