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Agave tequilana

Blue Agave (Tequila Agave)

Agaves are sturdy, architectural plants that provide a visually stimulating and low-maintenance addition to your garden. Produces numerous, 4’ to 6’ long, rigidly upright held, lance shaped leaves that are about 4” wide and are blue-grey to blue-silver in color.  At about 5 years of age, Blue agaves sprout a stalk, which looks like a tall asparagus spear, prior to flowering, that reaches up to to 16 ft. and which produces yellow flowers.  After this process, the mother plant dies after producing pups.

  • »  Symmetrical
  • »  Drought tolerant
  • »  Dlow-growing
  • »  low-maintenance
  • »  Great for containers
  • »  Succulent
  • »  USDA Hardiness Zone:9b - 10
  • »  Up to 5' in height

Interesting Notes

The bloom stalk can grow a foot per day, topping out at more than feet 15 ft tall.  The flowers are pollinated by a native bat.  Agave has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, allowing it to heal wounds, burns, and skin irritations.  Blue Agave is the base ingredient of Tequila.

Growing and Maintenance Tips for Blue Agave

Agave grow best in the sun, and in places where they received direct and reflected sun.  Water and cold are the two primary threats to blue agave.  Water weekly for the first month after planting, then let the soil dryt. After that once-a-month watering is adequate spring through fall.  Do not water at all during the winter.  These plants have spiny tips.  Therefore, when planting, gardeners will want to wear leather gloves and be cautious while handling.

Additional Information
Height 3-5 ft
Spread 3-5 ft
Spacing 4-6 ft
Hardiness Zone 9b - 10
Bloom Color Yellow
Foliage Color Blue
Detailed Description for Agave

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