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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
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
Other: Bulbils
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic

Common names
  • Foxtail Agave
  • Spineless Agave
  • Century Plant
  • Maguey
  • Elephant’s Trunk

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  • Posted by Dutchlady1 on Sep 29, 2011 2:05 PM concerning plant:
    An outstanding plant which forms a trunk along the ground with pups growing from it.
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 27, 2016 2:43 PM concerning plant:
    Spineless, user-friendly agave from central Mexico which can grow 2-3 feet (or more) of stem over time before it flowers and dies. The common name foxtail agave comes from the bushy shape of the inflorescence, which arches as it extends and falls under its own weight. The inflorescence grows toward the light, which usually means in a southerly direction, during the darker months of the year. 2-6 flowers appear per node, depending on the position on the stalk. The plant regularly offsets from the base and may persist indefinitely in gardens via this mechanism. Sensitive to extreme heat and frost. Drought tolerant. Will naturalize in mild climates. Requires almost zero maintenance until it flowers and the main stem needs to be cut back. One of the better agaves for wetter climates (these thrive on Hawaii). Attractive variegated forms also available.

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