Agave Species, Palmer's Agave, Blue Century Plant, Maguey

Agave palmeri

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: palmeri (PALM-er-ee) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:



8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona

Golden Valley, Arizona

Rio Rico, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Reseda, California

Roswell, New Mexico

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 2, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This tough-as-nails, medium-to-large-growing agave has 2" wide, glaucous leaves that are lined with small, reddish spines, each one
ending in a large spine! some forms of this species refuse to offset, making a striking, solitary clump. The wait for the fabulous 25'+ flower stalk is well worth it.


On Nov 30, 2006, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen these growing in the wild on the West Ruby Road Trail in Arizona (South of Tucson), off of Interstate 19 through to Ruby, AZ and on to Arivaca, AZ.


On Nov 13, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Got this as a relatively small plant this summer and planted it in rich soil in middle of a planter box- oh-ma-gosh...! This is one fast agave! No other agave in the yard (and I have about 50 species) grows this fast. Be warned, it is a fast grower and not a good one for smaller areas. I have lots of other large species, but they take a long time to get that way. Not this one- already tripled in size in just 4 months.


On Nov 4, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD,
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Rosettes to 120cm in diameter,glaucous green or pale green leaves armed with teeth and brown terminal spines 4-6 cm long.


On Jan 31, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Seen along dry, rocky slopes and flats of southeastern AZ and southwestern NM , south to northwestern Mexico.

Century plants such as this provided Native Americans with food, beverages, fiber, soap , medicine and lances.


On Mar 6, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

In the wild, this is a lovely Agave, but under house cultivation (and not enough sun) the leaves are a bit long, twisted and the spines hook into everything. The blue-grey foliage is attractive.