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Agave xylonacantha

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Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: xylonacantha (zy-low-nuh-KAN-thu) (Info)

Synonym:Agave amurensis
Synonym:Agave carchariodonta
Synonym:Agave maximiliana
Synonym:Agave perbella
Synonym:Agave vanderdonckii

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Succulent
Leathery-Textured

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)
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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral palmbob On Feb 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Viscious agave with huge woody curved teeth along the flat leaf margins. Pale green-yellow leaves ending in a sharp, stiff spine. Aggressive grower and suckers heavily sometimes. Similar to smaller, greener and more profuse suckerer, still, Agave lophantha.

Regional...

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

Grenoble,
Chandler Heights, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Corona, California
Mission Viejo, California
San Leandro, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California



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