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Genus of about 200 species of rosette-forming, perennial or monocarpic succulents from desert and mountain regions of North, Central and South America and the West Indies.
In most species the rosettes die after flowering and fruiting leaving offsets.
Flowers, leaves, stalks and sap are all edible. The sap has been used for various alcoholic drinks, the most well-known being tequila ,and the plant also provided paper and rope from its fibres.
SucculentRosette-forming perennial or monocarpic succulents with often rigid and fleshy leaves with sharp terminal spines and toothed margins.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan take many years to flower. Rosette dies after flowering but leaves offshoots.Pests & DiseasesScale insects especially on new growth.Place of originNorth, Central and South America, West Indies.
Garden Location/ConditionsPatio / pot plants
Soil ConditionsNeutral to acid soilWell drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soilUnder glass use cactus compost - full light.
Toxic - Category CSkin irritant(People & Pets)
Buy Varieties of AGAVE
large architectural grey leaves with spines, suitable for sheltered hot dry sunny locations
stiff, narrow, flexible leaves, dark green in colour. Flowers formed in pairs