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

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Succulent

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.