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PlantFiles: Smooth Agave, Dwarf Century Plant
Agave desmettiana

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Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: desmettiana (de-smet-ee-AY-na) (Info)

Synonym:Agave desmetiana
Synonym:Agave miradorensis
Synonym:Agave regeliana
Synonym:Agave ananassoides

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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
Partial to Full Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Succulent

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

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; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
From bulbils

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

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive ScottBB 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. Many rhizones close to plant.

Positive palmbob On Jan 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking agave though the variegated form is by far the most common in cultivation. It is 'almost' user-friendly' having very little if any spines long the leaves. There still is that nasty terminal spine, though. This form has bright to pale green leaves that tend to burn in full sun. One of the agaves that seems to almost prefer shade. These are profusely suckering plants and quickly form thick thickets. Fortunately they don't send their suckers very far.

Regional...

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

Grenoble,
Chandler Heights, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Ashdown, Arkansas
Mission Viejo, California
Norwalk, California
Pasadena, California
Spring Valley, California
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas



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