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Agave Species, Desert Agave, Desert Century Plant, Maguey

Agave deserti

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: deserti (DES-er-tee) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Bronze

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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:

, (2 reports)

Fresno, California

Hesperia, California

Ontario, California

Ridgecrest, California

San Diego, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Kermit, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 23, 2016, Lodewijkp from Zwolle,
Netherlands (Zone 7a) wrote:

High altitude forms are known to take 5 F to 0 F , some forms especially low altitude forms died at around 15 F to 20 F. Keep very dry in winter.

Positive

On Jan 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice grey-blue-white colored leaves and very slow to grow (so not too invasive). This is the subvariety that suckers, though, so if you want a solitary plant, get the other variety, simplex. This is a native of So Cal, Arizona and Mexico.

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