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Agave shawii

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Botanical Name: Agave shawii
Common Name: Shaw's Agave

Rare throughout its range in California. Widespread elsewhere. Dark green leaves with curved spines are breathtaking. Makes a striking container plant. Leave room for the 7 to 12 foot tall flower stalk!

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Succulent
Height by Width: 1' H x 2' W (flower to 12' H)
Growth Habit: Tight rosettes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to infrequent
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: September - May
Flower Color: Yellow - Red
Endangered?: List 2/ RED 3-3-1
Distribution: San Diego, Baja California
Natural Habitat: Coastal Bluff Scrub, Coastal Scrub, elevation 30'-230'

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  • 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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