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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave guiengola

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: guiengola (GWEN-go-la) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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 palmbob On Feb 11, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my very favorite Agaves... has large, soft succulent leaves of a sea green color with minimal to no spines along the leaf margins (this is a variable trait) and can either sucker profusely, or hardly at all. Its suckers usually show up right next to the mother plant. Plants are fairly fast growing and can eventually get up to 6' in diameter. It is a spectacular landscape plant. Until recently this was a difficult Agave to obtain, but in the last 3-4 years I have seen it for sale just about everywhere. This is one of the few Agaves that might do best in some shade as the leaves tend to burn in hot blazing sun. It's also somewhat cold sensitive, though fine in zone 9b. Likes water and seems to thrive in clay soils (my old yard).

Plants in the wild RARELY sucker or produce offsets. However, most in captivity do. This is because the rare plant in the wild that is offsetting is the easiest to collect, so that is what ends up in nurseries. Seed grown plants are much more likely to be solitary. However, those are harder to come by. Soon tissue culture will be the wave (right now it is being used, but too futuristic for most nurseries, and solitary plants may be available in large numbers again.


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

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Escondido, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Miami, Florida

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