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PlantFiles: Murphy's Agave, Hohokam Agave
Agave murpheyi

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter


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)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Xenomorf On Oct 4, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Great color with the lighter lateral bands.
Medium sized Agave at maturity.

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

Nice looking large agave about 3' across (sometimes a bit larger, even) and rarely offsetting (propogation is usually from bulbils once it flowers- rarely makes seed, either). The leaves are long and a pale blue-green and have itty bitty spines along the edges and tip. This is an Arizona native, but also occurs in N Mexico.


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

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Fresno, California
Oxnard, California
Blue Diamond, Nevada

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