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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave 'Blue Glow'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Glow

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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8 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive girlia On May 12, 2014, girlia from Altadena, CA wrote:

I bought a 1 1/2 foot across Blue Glow 5 years ago - it was probably 5 years old at the time. Four months ago it started to grow a flower spike from the center. It is now about 10 feet tall and the top 1/3 was covered in white flowers. The flowers are now gone and I'm waiting to see what happens next. There are numerous babies growing about the back of the original plant. I was told the entire original plant will die back and then I can harvest the babies to plant. I have photos of the progression if anyone is interested.

Positive Tunnelmotor On May 19, 2012, Tunnelmotor from Picture Rocks, AZ wrote:

I have Blue Glow in a turquoise-color ceramic pot with two other agave types under a small ramada. Blue Glow receives morning sun and shade the rest of the day. It is doing well after one year.The plant is watered deeply about once every 2 1/2 weeks in summer and receives a diluted dose or two of fish emulsion fertilizer during the hot season. Great-looking agave and relatively small. Grows well in a stock cactus mix.

Positive sube1984 On May 7, 2012, sube1984 from Bishop, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is surprisingly cold hardy. The same plant that i posted as a small pup is now much larger and survived two winters in Bishop, CA where it had minimal leaf damage after clear nights of 9 degrees Fahrenheit and other nights of being covered in snow.

Positive sherizona On Dec 26, 2011, sherizona from Peoria, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Gorgeous plant with a great hue for the desert. They have these now at some of the big box stores around Phoenix but be warned, I've come across a couple that were mislabeled.

Positive GermanStar On Sep 18, 2010, GermanStar from Fountain Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Beautiful, fast-growing Agave. It needs some sun protection here in the Valley, and it's relatively defenseless. No spines save an unimpressive terminal spine, thin skin, and very fleshy leaves. Rabbits and rodents will have a field day if given half a chance.

Positive Jon0523 On Sep 8, 2009, Jon0523 from Green Valley, AZ wrote:

This is a very beautiful agave. My garden is in the Sonora Desert south of Tucson, AZ in zone 9A. "Blue Glow" needs some protection from the summer sun here if the deep blue-green color is to be preserved. Both filtered shade for the entire day or or full sun for half of the day works well.

Positive ogrejelly On Nov 24, 2007, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

As Palmbob mentioned it seems to be quickly gaining popularity as we now are seeing quite a few at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phx AZ. One thing I have noticed as well is the price at which they are selling. Small plants are being priced at ~$70. which is hard to stomach. Not sure if the price is going up or I just got lucky. :)

Certainly one of my top 5 Agaves though... they are beautiful.

Positive palmbob On Feb 21, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Supposed to be a cross between Agave attenuata and A ocahui. It's a nice looking plant. I am not sure, but it sounds like the A attenuata is the blue form?... doesn't look much like either plant- none of the soft edges of A attenuata (dangerous sharp long black terminal spine, and wide deep blue green leaves)... some teeth but they seem to taper out to nothing towards the leaf ends (at least in the seedlings). Supposed to get up to 3-4' across eventually.

Sure enough as soon as I see at one nursery, all C&S nurseries seem to have it now. I see this phenomenon with a lot of 'new' plants.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fountain Hills, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Acton, California
Altadena, California
Bishop, California
Fairview, California
Goleta, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Ana, California
Vista, California
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Portland, Oregon

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