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Pulque Agave Agave salmiana

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
a-GAH-vay salm-ee-AH-na
Description

Perennial, very large evergreen rosetting succulent agave rapidly growing to 8 to 10 feet tall with equal spread.  Eventually produces a single massive and tall candelabra inflorescence which rises to over 20 to 40 feet in height bearing small yellow flowers that attract birds, hummingbirds and bees. Plant in full sun to light shade, and well-drained soil.  It tolerates poor soil and drought.  The plant form offsets at the base that can be easily divided.

 

 

More information on Agave.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Xeriscape Dry Sun Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#full sun#drought tolerant#specimen#light shade#shrub#succulent#slow growing#low maintenance#accent plant#security#agave#spiny leaves#poor soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#full sun#drought tolerant#specimen#light shade#shrub#succulent#slow growing#low maintenance#accent plant#security#agave#spiny leaves#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agave
    Species:
    salmiana
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern and central Mexico
    Distribution:
    Mexican states of Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Colima, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and Puebla
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds, hummingbirds and bees
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    poor soil, drought
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Description:
    15 to 40-foot flower stalk when plant is 15 years old or more; plant dies after flowering.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Strap shaped, waxy blue-gray, long and broad to 5 feet long in length when mature
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pool/Hardscape
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Security
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil