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Agave deserti

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Agave desertii

Botanical Name: Agave desertii
Common Name: Desert Agave

Dramatic flower stalks rise on stalk up to 15 feet tall. Give well-drained soil, sparse water, and sun. Likes very dry conditions--does best away from immediate coast. It is the larval food plant for the CA Giant-Skipper butterfly.

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Succulent
Height by Width: 2' H x 3' W (flower to 15' H)
Growth Habit: Rosettes, forming colony
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to infrequent
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: May - July
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Colorado and Mojave Deserts; Baja
Natural Habitat: Desert washes and dry slopes below 5000'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Interesting succulent found on the rocky slopes of the western edge of the Colorado Desert, forming large colonies. Leaves large, gray green. Gallon cans, 50c; Balled, $1.50."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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