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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave pumila

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

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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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)

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CactusJordi 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 htop 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 palmbob 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.


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

Torrance, California

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