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Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata

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Zones 13, 20-29, H1, H2
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Minimal Water
Minimal

Agave desmettiana

Agavaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials

AGAVE

Sculptural succulents with rosettes of fleshy leaves. Impressive, sometimes colorful, flower stalk emerges from the rosette’s center looking something like a giant asparagus; some kinds produce clusters of flowers on side branches, while others have flowers packed along the stalk. After flowering’ which may not occur for years’ the foliage clump dies, usually leaving behind suckers that make new plants.

These plants shrivel from serious drought but plump up again with watering or rainfall. Provide good drainage. Species listed here are native to Mexico, except as noted.

Agave desmettiana

Grows 2–3 ft. high and wide, with gracefully arching blue-green to yellow-green leaves with few if any teeth.

Variegata

Leaves edged in bright yellow.

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