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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave colorata

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: colorata (kol-oh-RAY-tuh) (Info)

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12 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)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ilovemyplants On Mar 13, 2007, ilovemyplants from Meriden, CT wrote:

I just bought this certain agave at a local Home Depot this past November.It has grown 3 new leaves as I keep it in a southern exposed window.Can't wait to put it out for the summer & see how well it grows.I wish we could grow agaves in our gardens here in CT.I think thier just so neat looking...

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

I have not grown this plant. Common name: Mezcal ceniza
This is one of the most difficult to cultivate agaves because duplicating the habital conditions at its native location is difficult. It thrives in a stony soil with good drainage. It has an attractive cross-zoning (horizontal color variation bands).

Positive palmbob On Jan 14, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great agave with wavy leaves and nice pale blue coloration. Slow to sucker and not a fast grower, which is a good thing since these are monocarpic. These can take over 12-15 years to flower so they may stay in your garden a long time. Very ornamental Mexican native.

Some say difficult to cultivate?? Yet I have treated it 'brutally' like most of my Agaves and found it as easy and durable as the rest. Had this plant for nearly 10 years, moved it about (transplanted), ignored it, let it get frost, overwatered it etc. and still never had a problem. Even dug out the suckers carelessly, stuffing them here and there about the garden, some with narry a root, and all so far are doing great. Perhaps in a more inhospitable climate than S California this might be a tougher grow, but here it seems pretty nonfastidious even in my icky clayey soils. Commonly sold at many nurseries here in Southern California.


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

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Reseda, California
Richmond, California
San Diego, California
San Marino, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Meriden, Connecticut
Blue Diamond, Nevada
Henderson, Nevada

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