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PlantFiles: Palmer's Agave
Agave palmeri

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: palmeri (PALM-er-ee) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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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2 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

This tough-as-nails, medium-to-large-growing agave has 2" wide, glaucous leaves that are lined with small, reddish spines, each one
ending in a large spine! some forms of this species refuse to offset, making a striking, solitary clump. The wait for the fabulous 25'+ flower stalk is well worth it.

Neutral Xenomorf On Nov 30, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen these growing in the wild on the West Ruby Road Trail in Arizona (South of Tucson), off of Interstate 19 through to Ruby, AZ and on to Arivaca, AZ.

Positive palmbob On Nov 13, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Got this as a relatively small plant this summer and planted it in rich soil in middle of a planter box- oh-ma-gosh...! This is one fast agave! No other agave in the yard (and I have about 50 species) grows this fast. Be warned, it is a fast grower and not a good one for smaller areas. I have lots of other large species, but they take a long time to get that way. Not this one- already tripled in size in just 4 months.

Neutral cactus_lover On Nov 4, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Rosettes to 120cm in diameter,glaucous green or pale green leaves armed with teeth and brown terminal spines 4-6 cm long.

Positive melody On Jan 31, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Seen along dry, rocky slopes and flats of southeastern AZ and southwestern NM , south to northwestern Mexico.

Century plants such as this provided Native Americans with food, beverages, fiber, soap , medicine and lances.

Neutral Todd_Boland On Mar 6, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

In the wild, this is a lovely Agave, but under house cultivation (and not enough sun) the leaves are a bit long, twisted and the spines hook into everything. The blue-grey foliage is attractive.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Golden Valley, Arizona
Rio Rico, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Reseda, California
Roswell, New Mexico

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