Octopus Agave, Amole
Agave vilmoriniana

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: vilmoriniana (vil-mor-in-ee-AY-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Agave edwardii
Synonym:Agave houghii
Synonym:Agave mayoensis
Synonym:Agave eduardi
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Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Casa Grande, Arizona

Cave Creek, Arizona

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Green Valley, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona (3 reports)

Ashdown, Arkansas

Bostonia, California

Fresno, California

Granite Bay, California

Long Beach, California

Nipomo, California

Norwalk, California

Palm Desert, California

Palm Springs, California

Reseda, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Scotts Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Lake Wales, Florida

Miami, Florida

Roswell, New Mexico

Huntsville, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 6, 2015, lasertrimman from Tucson, AZ wrote:

Beautiful plant, but limited life span. Ten years, inflorescence and done. Sit back, watch the flowering stem and then replace the corpse.

Positive

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.

Positive

On Nov 18, 2007, ScottBB from Norwalk, CA wrote:

Grown in full sun in Southern California. Watered by rain only, once established, for over 8 years.

Positive

On Sep 14, 2004, sonotaps from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

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.

Positive

On Jul 14, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) 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... read more