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Blue American Agave

Agave americana

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Blue American Agave

Agave americana

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Botanical Name

Agave americana

Outdoor Growing zone

8-11

Mature Height

3-5

Mature Width

6-10

Sun needs

Full Sun

The Blue American Agave is a striking and unique plant that thrives in the driest and hottest locations. It forms a dramatic clump of very large, blue-gray leaves, arranged in a rosette. It will grow 3 to 5 feet tall and up to 10 feet across. It fits perfectly with modern architecture, Spanish colonial-style architecture, in gravel beds and on steep slopes. It never needs watering, even if no rain falls for years. One day, in perhaps 20 years or so, it will send up an enormous flower spike, 15 to 30 feet tall, with large clusters of yellow flowers on it. By that time younger plants will have grown up around it, because after it flowers the plant dies, leaving behind the younger plants to carry on. Allow enough room for this plant to reach its full width, as it has sharp spines, and it cannot be trimmed without destroying its form.

  • Dramatic architectural form
  • Striking steel-blue giant leaves
  • Absolutely drought-proof
  • Grows well by the ocean
  • Ideal for areas that can never be watered

The Blue American Agave is hardy to zone 8, so it can be grown up both coasts and all through the south. It should be planted only in full sun, and in well-drained soil, especially in areas with high rainfall. It never needs watering, or any other care, and it thrives on being left alone to grow in the hottest and driest places. It is salt resistant, and ideal for dry, sandy location near the ocean, as well as in hot dry places, and desert areas too. It has no pest or diseases of any concern, and will not be bothered by deer or rabbits

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