Hardiness: USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Pale Green
Bloom Time: Blooms all year
Foliage: Blue-Green Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping This plant is monocarpic
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost From bulbils
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On May 17, 2009, Agaveguy from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Mine is grown in medium shade under evergreen Live Oaks for frost protection. Freeze damaged the first two or three years when young. Now about 10 years old, 4 feet wide and 3 feet high. No freeze damage in past 7 years.
Native to cliffs from southern Sonora to Sinaloa states, Mexico, at 2000 to 5000 feet elevation. I don't have any trouble with it Phoenix at 1100 feet elevation.
Don't kid yourself, I wouldn't trust this past low 20's. They aren't your 'Grand Canyon snow' agaves. Definitely more sensitive to frost. It makes sense given their native range.
Almost 'tropical' in appearance than typical agaves. No sharp points. Has a more lush look. If it is in full sun, it needs more water in Phoenix so I supply a fair amount of additional water in the summer for them to look their best and for faster growth.
They are a good agave to grow for people who don't typically like agaves.
On Jul 14, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is one of the more 'user friendly' Agaves, having soft spines and no teeth along the leaf margins. It is also a nice showy plant with an attractive sea green coloration making it an excellent landscape plant. Xeriscape gardens here in the Southwest often have one or several of these in them. It is also a solitary species unlike most other Agaves, so you don't get that massive messy look you can with others of this species. Propogation is by bulbils off the old flower. Seed is difficult and unreliable.
Went back to some plants that were flowering this year (2004) and the old flower stalks were covered in little plants... not sure how big some of these little Agave will get before they fall off, and how many of those will survive, but sure is a lot more convenient to just pluck off baby plants from a stalk, than have to mess with seed... there have to over 500 babies on some of these flower stalks. Most probably will not make it or the entire planet would be covered with this species.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Arizona Chandler Heights, Arizona Green Valley, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports) Scottsdale, Arizona Tucson, Arizona (2 reports) Ashdown, Arkansas Bostonia, California Fresno, California Granite Bay, California Long Beach, California Norwalk, California Palm Desert, California Palm Springs, California Reseda, California Richmond, California San Leandro, California Scotts Valley, California Thousand Oaks, California Kendall, Florida Lake Wales, Florida Roswell, New Mexico Huntsville, Texas San Antonio, Texas