Murphy's Agave, Hohokam Agave
Agave murpheyi

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

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Red

Pale Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Succulent

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Fresno, California

Oxnard, California

Blue Diamond, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.