Agave (Agave americana) in the Agaves Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 8-10 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
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.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by sheryl (Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ - Zone 9b) on Nov 6, 2013 9:50 PM

This is one of the most widely planted Agave species in the Southwest of the United States There are at least three different cultivars; A. americana 'Marginata', A. americana var. medio-picta, and A. americana var. striata - all three having various stripes of different colors (green, yellow and creamy white) than the glaucous blue of the species.

Unfortunately, this impressive plant is also very susceptible to the Agave Snout Weevil, as are many of the looser-leaved blue Agaves.

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