Agave Americana spp
1 gallon; 2-3 gallon; 5 gallon
Full Sun; Filtered Sun
Makes a large stunning focal point in a desert garden. Also be used in pots, as an accent and in mass plantings. Use care when planting near traffic areas with it's sharp leaf tips. Will tolerate full sun but in our low desert appreciates some filtered shade. Plant in well draining soil and let dry out between watering to prevent root rot. Native to Mexico
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.