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PlantFiles: Ocahui, Ojahui, Amolillo
Agave ocahui

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: ocahui (oh-KAH-hee) (Info)

Synonym:Agave ocahui var. ocahui

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Mar 26, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- I have a 20 year old Agave ocahui that is now about to bloom. The flower stalk is 10+ feet tall and growing but not yet with flowers. It is a solitary (non-pupping) plant in the ground against an east-facing block wall. This species really seems to benefit from heat. For the first 10 years of its life, the wall was a cedar fence and the ocahui grew slowly and didn't exceed 3 feet diameter. Once the cedar was replaced with a block wall, the ocahui grew rapidly to 6 feet diameter.

Positive 1077011947 On Nov 9, 2013, 1077011947 from Greer, SC wrote:

I have grown Agave ocahui in a lage shallow dish pot for many years without any protection. IT has survived11F one Winter(Twice). IT looks great in a pot. It is growing on a bed of shallow grvel in front of the hpouse in full sun. here in Simpsonville. SC.

Neutral BajaBlue On Oct 2, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This medium-sized century plant forms an 18" tall x 3' wide solitary rosette of dark green leaves, edged with smooth reddish-brown margins. When the clumps mature, they are topped with a 9' tall narrow spike of bright yellow flowers.

Hailing from the northern Mexico state of Sonora, A. ocahui can be found on volcanic limestone up to 4,500' elevation.

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

I have not grown this plant. It rarely suckers. It is suitable for growing in containers due to its small size and symmetrical upright growth.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Nevada City, California
Miami, Florida
Blue Diamond, Nevada
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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