Agave vilmoriniana

1 Gallon $10.80

Agave vilmoriniana is available in one-gallon sizes for nursery pick-up. We are unable to ship this plant to our mail order customers at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Agave vilmoriniana

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Agave edwardii, Agave houghii, Agave mayoensis, Agave eduardi
  • Common Names:  
    Octopus Agave
  • Family:  
  • Origin:  
    Hanging out on cliff sides between 2,000 and 5,500 feet in the Mexican states of Sonora, Durango, Jalisco and Aquascalientes.
  • 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 partial shade inland.
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant.
  • Maintenance:  
  • Uses:  
    This plant is beautiful in succulent and cactus gardens. Excellent contrasting with grasses in xeriscape plantings. Also a nice plant for large containers. This plant is very tolerant of alkaline soils.
  • Propagation:  
    The flower spike produces many bubils or pups which can be removed and replanted as seed is difficult to germinate. Replant rare base offsets as well.
  • Problems:  
    Root rot in poor draining soils. Needs good drainage.
  • Special notes:  
    Agave vilmoriniana has interesting narrow recurved leaves which give the plant the appearance of a giant octopus. This agave has few teeth and soft terminal spines making it more friendly in garden plantings than many agaves. It tends to remain solitary as well and has a tropical look and color for an agave. After about 5-10 years, it blooms with an unbranched flower spike covered in yellow flowers. The blooms are very attractive to nectar-loving birds. Individual rosettes die after flowering. Agave vilmoriniana has one of the highest concentrations of smilagenen, a sapogenin, so that in Mexico the fibers of the leaves are made into a brush that contains its own soap. This agave is named for Maurice de Vilmorin, with whom Berger found this Agave.