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Agave colorata

Pronunciation: Ah-gah-vay kul-or-ay-tah
Family: Agavaceae
Common Name: Agave
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
  • perennial
  • succulent and cactus
Height to: 2'
Width to: 2'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Notes for Identification: Origin: palms canyons, desert scrub forests, and oak grassland forests of sonora, mexicohardiness zones sunset 12-24 usda 8 - 11landscape use: interesting still and small bold accent plant for small and intermediate size desert gardens and xeric landscape design themes. It can be used as a container plant. Form & character: evergreen perennial, succulent, rosette like, stiff with coarse, sharp leaf tips growth habit: because of selection, cultivated forms are smaller than many found growing in native habitats. These cultivated forms grow only to 2' in diameter with equal height. Usually produces few basal offshoots, monocarpic (individual rosettes die after flowering in late spring and summer) foliage/texture: stiff relatively broad succulent grey blue leaves tapering to a stiff sharp point. Leaves often recurrent or cupped. Leaf margins bluntly arrayed with dark brown spiny teethed serrations; coarse texture flowers & fruits: produces many yellow flowers on a thick10' panicle stock. Seasonal color: none except when flowering temperature: hardy in phoenix to brief exposures to as low as 17of light: full sun soil: sandy, some loam, well-drained best watering: some supplemental water only occasionally during the summer. Supplemental water increases growth rate. Pruning: none required propagation: division of basal offshoots disease and pests: agave weevil (scyphophorus acupunctatus) can attack variously most agave species in the low desert. Additional comments: this is a very handsome small, extremely tough agave for difficult planting locations. Because of cold hardiness, it can also be grown in colder desert cities of el paso and las vegas.
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Succulents
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