1 gallon; 2-3 gallon; 5 gallon
Full Sun; Filtered Sun
None needed. Removal of pups
This agave forms a dense rosette of sword shaped greenish blue foliage approximately 4x4. The leaves have whitish-cream on the outside margins of the leaves. Years after maturity (approximately 10-15) the plant develops a a tall flower stalk blooming through the late winter through summer. Once the agave blooms it begins to die but produces many offsets to continue it's lifecycle.
Use as a focal plant, accent or in a container. Use care in traffic areas due to it's sharp spines. Plant in well draining soil and allow to dry between watering to prevent root rot. Appreciates filtered shade in our low desert sun. Native to southern Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and throughout the Caribbean where it grows on open rocky slopes.
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.