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PlantFiles: Thread Leaf Agave
Agave filifera

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: filifera (fil-LIF-er-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Agave filamentosa
Synonym:Agave filifera subsp. filifera

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Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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)
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:

Positive JerusalemCherry On Sep 22, 2007, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Easy to care for plant. Water well in spring/summer then let dry out, then water again. In fall/winter (in the Northeast) don't water but every two months approx & keep in a sunny window.

Once spring returns & frost has passed, put back outside...

Neutral palmbob On Jan 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not a very interesting looking agave (to me)- tight rosettes of narrow, hairy, stiff dull-green leaves with sharp, scary-looking terminal spines. Looks sort of like a thick-leaved yucca or a messy Agave victoriea-reginae. Some obviously think it is beautiful, though, as it is often used as a container plant.


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

Fountain Hills, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Boulder Creek, California
Carmichael, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Fresno, California
Mission Viejo, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Palm Beach, Florida
Burleson, Texas

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