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Borego Desert Agave


Desert Agave is a medium-sized species variable in color, leaf size and shape. Plant can be solitary, have few offsets, or form very large colonies. Rosettes of triangular, linear, or lance-shaped leaves that are thick, rigid, and concaved with evenly spaced small teeth on margins and a terminal spine. The leaves are glaucous, grey, blue-grey, or green and may sometimes appear banded. A very attractive agave for a very hot and dry spot.

Agave desertii

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf notes : Leaf width, length and color vary considerably among plants.

Leaf texture : Glaucous, thick, rigid

Leaf length : 6-16"

Leaf width : 2-3"

Leaf shape : Triangular, or linear; concaved, toothed margins

Leaf color : Grey, blue-grey, or green

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : Monocarpic - flowers only once at end of life cycle.

Flower color : Yellow

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 2 ft.

Average size maturity height : 1-2 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 5 to 10 F( Z7b)

Water requirements : Moderate

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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