Agave
Agave pumila

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: pumila (POO-mil-uh) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Mottled

Succulent

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Grenoble,

Torrance, California

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 7, 2009, CactusJordi from El Cajon, CA wrote:

It should be mentioned that A. pumila has a dimorphic appearance.
The first 8-12 years is stays small with few thick leaves and a diameter of only up to ~ 8".
When planted in a big pot or in the ground it matures thereafter and changes to a plant of about 20" in diameter with leaves 12-16" long!


Neutral

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

I have not grown this plant. It is known only as a cultivated plant. It might be a natural hybrid between Agave victoriae-reginae and Agave lechuguilla. Cultivate it as you would an Agave victoriae-reginae. It rarely suckers and have no information as to whether the seedlings have the characteristics of the mother plant.




Positive

On Feb 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Rare and expensive species, slow growing and very ornamental. Often used as potted specimen. Has very few leaves, and they are thick, smooth ending in a stout terminal spine.