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Agave Species, Mescal Pelon, Mexican Agave

Agave pelona

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: pelona (pel-OH-nuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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 Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Regional

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

Phoenix, Arizona

Goleta, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 29, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

though I personally have struggled with seedlings of this plant and they are agonizingly slow here in southern California, they do make great potted plants.

Neutral

On Feb 9, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. The deep green leaves do not have marginal teeth. They do have very prominent light colored spine which make them stand out against the green foliage. Although it is said to be difficult to grow, it is suitable for growing in containers.

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