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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave arizonica

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: arizonica (air-ih-ZAWN-ih-kuh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bronto On Aug 14, 2011, Bronto from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

Excellent xeriscaping agave for Phoenix area. The offsets are limited and very neat in form, often only 2-3, easily separated if desired, and the larger ones retaining the same size as original plant. Its small size for an agave make it ideal for most residential yards which are too often planted with huge agave species. This plant looks best with some filtered shade, which keeps it deep green in color. It needs no irrigation once established.

Neutral palmbob On Feb 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sword-like leaves- very stiff and atttractively lined with reddish brown color and small, slight hooked lateral spines. Terminal spine is very sharp. Relatively cold tolerant species. From ARizona.


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

Fountain Hills, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Canoga Park, California

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