A striking plant with narrow blue gray leaves (which contrast nicely with its dark brown spines), Agave macroacantha forms a near perfect hemisphere. Flowers emerge on a 6′ spike at around 15 years of age after which that rosette dies. Slowly forms a colony by offsets. Seeds can be collected and sown and pups can be replanted to create a colony quicker.
A native of south central Mexico, Agave macroacantha is extremely hardy. Good in containers, landscape borders, rock gardens, or xeriscape plantings. Agave macroacantha has tough spiny leaves, so take care to locate away from foot traffic. Deer resistant.
Names and Synonyms: Agave subfalcata, Agave sudburyensis, Agave pugioniformis, Agave paucifolia, Agave oligophylla, Agave linearis, Agave macroacantha var. integrifolia, Agave integrifolia, Agave flavescens, Agave besseriana, Agave macroacantha var. latifolia
Common Names: Black-spined Agave
Origin: Southern central Mexico
Size Label: 5 Gallon
Mature Size: individual rosette
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Extreme
Light Requirement: Full sun
Water needs: Very drought tolerant but likes some irrigation in summer in hot dry climates.
Maintenance: Remove/replant pups and remove dead leaves as desired.
Uses: Good in containers, landscape borders, rock gardens, or xeriscape plantings. Tough spiny leaves, so take care to locate away from foot traffic. Deer resistant. Slowly forms a colony by offsets.
Propagation: Easily propagated by removing and replanting offsets.
There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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