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Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata

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Zone
Zones 9, 13-24, H1
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Minimal Water
Minimal
Toxicity
Sap causes severe skin irritation

Agave 'Blue Glow'


Cacti and succulents

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 'Blue Glow', photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic
Agave 'Blue Glow', photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic

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Agave 'Blue Glow'

This compact, colorfulcross between A. attenuata and A. ocahui grows 1–2 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide. It forms a solitary rosette of blue-green leaves edged in red and yellow and tipped with a short red spine; leaves seem to glow when backlit. Hardy to at least 28°F (–2°C). In low desert, plants grow best with some shade.

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