1 gallon; 2-3 gallon; 5 gallon
Full Sun; Filtered Shade
None. You may clip the tips to prevent injury
Perennial shrub to 6 feet tall with rigid, sword-like grey-green leaves with sharp brown spine at the tip.
After 7-10 years, flowers are borne on a tall, long spike that can reach 20 feet in height.
While the sisal is very striking it does require respect and an ample amount of space so you do not become a human shish-kabob.
Loves heat but not cold tolerant. Damage occurs at around 28 degrees. Below 23 degrees can be terminal for the plant.
Native to tropical eastern 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.