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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave nizandensis

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: nizandensis (ny-zan-DEN-sis) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Porphyrostachys On Sep 12, 2010, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Attractive, though somewhat short-lived Agave species that can actually handle a good amount of morning sun. In cooler months, the plants will blush purple-red under bright light. You can keep it easily in a pot on the patio or attempt it in the ground near your home. The plant usually only lives for about 3-5 years, though it will usually offer you many pups before, during, and even (sometimes) after it flowers. This might be thought of as "the Agave that Aloe lovers grow."

Neutral htop On Feb 9, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. A very unique agave species that has very soft and tender leaves. The leaves are a deep green. It produces many suckers forming clumps. It almost looks like a grass until examined close up. It grows best in the shade and can bloom after 4 years.


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

Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Hallettsville, Texas

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