Agave attenuata

Large Succulent Agave

These mostly large-sized perennials grow in a rosette of succulent, spiny, sharply pointed leaves, from which tequila is made. Rope, food, soap and other products are also made from the fibers and pulp. Some send up a tall flower spike annually, while others bloom only every 30 to 40 years. Several types die after flowering, but new plants may develop from suckers at their base. Native to the warm arid parts of the Americas, these plants need excellent drainage. Fire-retardant, drought-resistant and often grow in containers. Give partial shade in the hot, dry desert and protect from frost and soaking winter rains.
Agave attenuata, Large Succulent Agave
Its thick stem becomes crowded by spineless, pale green leaves. On older plants, a long-lasting spike appears, covered with greenish yellow flowers. The spike bends almost to the ground from spring to summer. After the bloom, the parent rosette dies, but small bulbs at the base continue to grow.

Attributes - Agave attenuata

Plant Type: Succulent

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Yellow

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 3 ft. to 5 ft.

Width: 6 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11

Notes: Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Black Spot.

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