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PlantFiles: Rough Agave
Agave scabra

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

Synonym:Agave asperrima
Synonym:Agave caeciliana
Synonym:Manfreda scabra

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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 jpgreen On Feb 1, 2011, jpgreen from Roswell, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Has done well in cold wet winters and 0 degree weather here in Roswell. Tolerates clay better than most Agave. This species varies greatly with provenience.

Neutral palmbob On Feb 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Moderate sized very spiny agave with very sharp, long teeth along the leaf margins. REally needs a hot climate- rots in cooler ones easily. From N Mexico.


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

Golden Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
San Diego, California
San Marino, California
Temecula, California
Valley Center, California
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Harlingen, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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