Agave deserti var. deserti

  • Agave deserti ssp. deserti

1 Gallon $10.80

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Agave deserti var. deserti

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Agave consociata
  • Common Names:  
    Desert Agave
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  • Origin:  
    Native to rocky or gravely soils in the Lower Colorado River Valley subdivision of the Sonoran Desert
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
  • Mature Size:  
    individual rosette
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  • Cold Tolerance:  
    10 to 15°F, -12.2 to -8.4°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Extremly heat tolerant
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun
  • Water needs:  
    Extremely drought tolerant. Very occasional summer irrigation or give the plant a hosing off once a month during a hot dry summer.
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove offshoots, dead leaves and spine tips (as desired).
  • Uses:  
    This agave is an ornamental plant with silvery blue gray leaves. Great for landscape borders, native plant gardens, rock gardens, cactus or xeriscape plantings. In cooler, wetter climates grow it in a container in very well drained soil. Spiny so take care to locate these away from foot traffic.
  • Propagation:  
    Propagate by offshoots or seeds after flowering
  • Special notes:  
    Agave deserti var. deserti prefers alkaline, rocky soils. It’s slow growing and easily kept in check. Single plants form a handsome symmetrical hemisphere. The leaves have a deep central gutter and regularly spaced small teeth on their margins. This monocarpic plant flowers in early to mid-summer and the flowers are bright yellow on a 8-13 foot tall branched inflorescence. Best adapted to very well-drained soils and a sunny environment with low-humidity. The desert agave is an oasis to desert dwellers and even the key to survival for many species. The desert dwelling Native Americans used fibers from the leaves to make cloth, bowstrings, and rope and they ate the young flower stalks, plant hearts and buds. It’s more cold tolerant than many agaves, possibly even hardy to USDA Zone 7 with protection. It is deer and rodent resistant as well.