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Agave Americana

Botanical Name:

Agave americana

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Rocky Soil
Heat Tolerant
yes
Cold Tolerant
yes
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Cactus - Succulents, Cactus/Succulent, Succulent

Lifespan

Perennial

Plant Height

6-12 ft.

Flower

When it blooms, it sends up a single flowering stalk from the center of the leaves reaching 15-30' tall or more. The flowering stalk resembles a narrow telephone pole with horizontal branching near the top. Greenish-yellow flowers (each to 3-4" long) bloom in panicles at the branch ends. As the plant is flowering, vegetative offsets appear at the base of the mother plant so this plant is easily propagated. Its striking sculptural form makes it a great specimen or accent plant for winter interest in a garden., The bloom spike height ranges from 12-25 feet +. Bloom time trigger mechanism is not well understood, but this agave generally blooms at about 10 years of age.

Fruit

Brown

Benefits
Ornamental

Showy growth habit, Blooms ornamental, Accent shrub, Attractive

Attracts

Birds

Hummingbirds

Warning

The sharp pointed spines on leaf tip can be a hazard to humans and pets if plant is not placed in landscape with care away from foot traffic

Taxonomy

Order

Asparagales

Family

Asparagaceae

Genus

Agave

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