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Agave decipiens

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: decipiens (de-SIP-ee-enz) (Info)

Synonym:Agave laxifolia
Synonym:Agave spiralis

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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
From bulbils

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative CactusJordi On Sep 16, 2008, CactusJordi from El Cajon, CA wrote:

At least here in SoCal it's kind of invasive due to offsetting. If planted in the ground it can't be stopped growing even without any additional watering. Grows too wide and big for a 1/2 acre garden.


Neutral baiissatva On Sep 11, 2008, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

I garden in New Zealand, coastal Otago zone 9b or thereabouts. Hardly ideal conditions for this agave- I procured 4 small specimens, 3 being offsets recently separated from the mother plant, the other being grown on from a small size and thus more established. The three younger offset have all rotted out in the space of a month during our wet winter, despite being potted in quality cacti medium, and moved under cover during rain. The more established one is holding its own under the same conditions.
So maybe give this one a miss if youre in an area that receives regular rainfall, or keep it potted and undercover. Fingers crossed for my remaining plant- hoping for a trunk one day!
Attractive dark olivey green leaves with not too many spines- a nice exotic looking plant, particularly amongst a collection of predominantly silvery-grey agaves.
Not too frost hardy, certainly taking far more damage to leaves than my A Americanas & Funkiana in cold weather. A bit more soft and fleshy.
*Just a year-later update to this; I now have two smallish AD's growing well enough (potted) but keep them very, super dry, to hold off the rot tide that seems to be always hanging over them in non-xeriscape climes. Neglect is what these guys like best, it seems, so dont argue with them.

Positive Tetrazygia On May 31, 2008, Tetrazygia from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Native and endemic to parts of South and Central Florida.

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

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


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Long Beach, California
Norwalk, California
Oxnard, California
Riverside, California
Lecanto, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Naples, Florida

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