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
Other: Bulbils
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Lechuguilla
  • Ixtle
  • Shin Dagger
  • Maguey
  • Amole
  • Century Plant
Also sold as:
  • Agave lechuguilla

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Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-11-12
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-01-03
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2020-02-16
My agave planter has broken exposing this root ball. I will slice
Location: Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas
Date: 2014-11-17
Photo by mcvansoest
Location: Baja California
Date: 2010-03-12
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Beavercreek, Oregon
Truls Jensen and Emma Elliott of Wild Ginger Farm
Photo by dave
Photo by robertduval14
Location:  Desert Demonstration Garden in Las Vegas
Date: September
photo by Stan Shebs
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 4, 2019 11:42 AM concerning plant:
    Smallish clumping agave, among the uglier members of the genus. Variable, usually with few leaves in open rosettes, and relatively few teeth that are downward slanted. Margins are straight and easily detached from dry leaves. Dark green dash marks often but not always appear on the underside of leaves.

    This Chihuahuan Desert native ranges from New Mexico and Texas well into northern Mexico over a wide area. It is one of the most common agaves in northern Mexico. It shares much of its range with the related A. univittata, with which it may form natural hybrids and intergrade. Used to make ixtle, a fiber prepared from wild plants, both mature leaves and leaves in bud (which have a finer, more easily worked fiber).

    Names for this plant may cause some confusion. The Spanish common name "lechuguilla" is spelled differently from the species name "lecheguilla" (an apparent gringoization in the original description). There are several agaves with the common name "lechuguilla" in various parts of Mexico, but this is the only one with that as a botanical name. Several plants in Mexico, including agaves, yuccas and a bromeliad, are called "ixtle" because of their use for fiber. Agave lecheguilla and A. univittata may be called "Tula ixtle" to distinguish them from the others, and are responsible for most of the ixtle fiber in northern Mexico.

    Toxic to livestock and generally avoided by cattle and sheep, thus mostly left alone in grazing areas. Livestock will eat the leaves in times of desperation and may die as a result.

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