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Agave Species, Tonto Basin Agave, Century Plant, Maguey

Agave delamateri

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: delamateri (de-la-MAY-ter-ee) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 18, 2007, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Agave delamateri is somewhat like Aloe vera in that it's a cultivated plant whose original locale is unknown. Along with Agave murpheyi and Agave phillipsiana, it was likely brought to Arizona by pre-Columbian Native Americans who would have used it as a fiber and food source.
A. delamateri is a rather rare species, known only from a handful of locations in Arizona. Its rarity is also attributed to the fact that the flowers either abort due to a lacking climatic condition in Arizona as opposed to it's natural locale or the seed set is sterile since the clones growing within worthwhile distance are all of the same genetics.

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