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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave zebra

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: zebra (ZEE-bruh) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GermanStar On Oct 24, 2012, GermanStar from Fountain Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of the finest Agaves on the planet! Quite hardy, completely sun tolerant, and drop dead gorgeous.

Positive palmbob On Jun 14, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking plant, and a relatively fast grower. I had not seen it in cultivation until a few years ago, but now it seems to be everywhere, and no longer a rare plant in nurseries specializing in succulents. I found from personal experience that young plants are prone to rot if overwatered, at least compared to most other Agaves species I have grown (not as prone as A victoriae-reginae, but more so than most others).

Neutral htop On Feb 10, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. One of the most attractive agaves due to its stronely cross-barred silvery green leaves. It thrives dry and rocky locations that have good drainage. The bands become more pronounced in full sun.


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

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Mission Viejo, California
Arlington, Texas

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