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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave ghiesbreghtii

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: ghiesbreghtii (gies-BRET-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Agave roezliana
Synonym:Agave purpusorum
Synonym:Agave huehueteca
Synonym:Agave ghiesbrechtii
Synonym:Agave leguayana

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
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:

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 GermanStar On Oct 24, 2012, GermanStar from Fountain Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant always flies solo until it reaches a certain age, when it begins offsetting profusely. All pup are basal, so the effect is a very busy, very tight clump. This is a beautiful small Agave -- highly recommended.

Neutral palmbob On Feb 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another extensively offsetting agaves that can end up being invasive in your garden (though sort of in slow motion... takes decades to make a small clump). This one is one of the more attractive invasive species, though. At least the offsets are close by and not ten feet or so away like in Agave angustifolia. The leaves have a lot of color in them from bright green to yellow (usually a hint of yellow stripe down the middle) and lined with an edging of brown. Makes a pretty, but nasty spiny hedge.


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

Fountain Hills, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Vista, California
Miami, Florida

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