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PlantFiles: Hedgehog Agave, Rabo de leon
Agave stricta

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: stricta (STRIK-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Agave echinoides
Synonym:Agave striata var. stricta

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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

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

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 positive
4 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cabngirl On Sep 3, 2012, cabngirl from Sonoma, CA wrote:

I just picked up A. striata so was looking it up here, but I'm seeing both A. stricta and A. striata here on one page- indicating striata is a synonym for stricta, and/or a variant; however looking at the photos there appears to be (at least) 2 distinct plants...kind of curious/confused about this overlap.

Neutral cactus_lover On Oct 16, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Spherical rosette 60-100 cm in diameter forming thick,branched stem with many leaves;green leaves about 35 cm long; thick at base then narrowing,with terminal spine 2 cm long,inflorescence 2 m tall;red to purplish flowers.

Neutral nevadagdn On Mar 31, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I killed this plant. I put it in a pot, and it got too cold and too wet. I'll be trying it again, in the ground this time, in a very dry spot.

Neutral htop On Feb 9, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Common Name: Rabo de len
Rather spherical growth, rounded leaves, shorter flower tubes than in ssp. striata

Positive palmbob On Oct 18, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great looking Agave, though incredibly sharp and hard to weed near... don't even try- spines go straight through leather gloves. Tends to rot if watered overhead much, especially with tap water in the winter (found out the hard way). Suckers profusely but suckers tend to sprout right next to adult, so not a significant weed problem like many other AGave.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Nevada City, California
Norwalk, California
Reseda, California
Richmond, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Yorba Linda, California
Miami, Florida
Blue Diamond, Nevada
San Antonio, Texas

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