A medium-sized solitary agave from the semi-arid highlands between 4,000 and 7,000 feet of Puebla and Oaxaca. It has broad gray leaves that form in an open symmetrical rosette to 1 to 2 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide. The many 10 to 18 inch long leaves are slightly reflexed back near the tips with chestnut brown spines; the 1 inch long terminal spine is slightly wavy and the short marginal spines are on tubercle-like prominences. When mature a flower spike rises 10 to 20 feet bearing light green flowers tinged with red and subtended with red bracts. This agave rarely offsets so, after maturing, which in our experience begins to occur when plants are as young as 10 years old, it will flower (usually during the fall) and then the entire plant declines and dies.
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 1-2 feetWidth: 2-3 feet
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs