Agave Sharkskin aka ‘Sharkskin Agave’

  • Agave Sharkskin

1 Gallon $10.80

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Agave Sharkskin aka 'Sharkskin Agave'

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Agave 'Sharkskin Shoes', Agave 'Ruth Bancroft', Hort., 'Sharkskin Shoes', Agave nickelsiae x scabra 'Sharkskin', Agave asperrima x ferdinandi-regis, Agave ferdinandi-regis x scabra, Agave asperrima x victoriae-reginae, Agave scabra x victoriae-reginae
  • Common Names:  
    'Sharkskin Agave'
  • Family:  
  • Origin:  
    Mexico – as a naturally occurring hybrid
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
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  • Cold Tolerance:  
    20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to light shade in hot inland sunny climates
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerate. Can take light irrigation in hot summer weather.
  • Maintenance:  
    Clip terminal spines if desired.
  • Uses:  
    Agave Sharkskin's striking architectural form is great in containers. This small, clumping agave is perfect for cactus and succulent gardens and xeriscape plantings and borders. However, its sharp terminal spines require it be located away from pedestrian traffic. This plant is deer and rodent resistant and it needs well-draining soils.
  • Propagation:  
    Remove offsets and replant them. Seeds do not germinate or come true for this hybrid.
  • Problems:  
    Root rot in cold, wet, poor draining soils
  • Special notes:  
    Agave Sharkskin is a naturally occurring hybrid of Agave ferdinandi x Agave scabra. It has a handsome hemispherical form at maturity and has beautiful thick, triangular leaves of a green-gray color. There are no marginal spines on the leaves, but there is a dark brown, contrasting-colored, long sharp terminal spine. The leaves retain a lacy pattern of the leaf bud as they open. Agave Sharkskin is very slow growing and offsets slowly to form a pretty clump. As a monocarpic hybrid, the agave rarely blooms. When it does, it sends up a 20-foot flower spike of mostly infertile flowers after which the rosette dies.