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Agave havardiana

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: havardiana (hav-ar-dee-AY-nuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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:

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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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peachespickett On Apr 7, 2008, peachespickett from Huntington, AR wrote:

Out of all the different species I have planted outside in a sand-gravel raised desert bed, this agave has handled the Arkansas climate the best....Grows fast, even put out offsets during fall and winter (when it gets more than half-day shade), handles record amounts of rain over the last year with absolutely no issues.

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

Very attractive ghostly agave with nearly white leaves, and prominent, black-brown lateral and terminal spines. This is also a slow suckerer, making it a useful and manageable landscape agave. Very striking in a setting with darker colored plants. Similar looking to Agave parryi varieties.


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

Huntington, Arkansas
Richmond, California
Boulder, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
Harlem, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Kermit, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Reston, Virginia

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