Agaves are easily identified by their tapered, thick, and rigid leaves. Most are monocarpic, but will put off many "pups" before the mother plant dies.
This hybrid Agave has chalky blue-green leaves with red margins. Each leaf has a sharp red spine protruding from the tip. It is slow growing, and does well grown in garden beds or in containers. Although it is monocarpic, it can take years before it blooms with yellow blossoms.
Agave ‘Blue Glow’
This beautiful blue-gray agave forms tight-growing, symmetrical rosettes. The leaves are long and tipped with a black spine. Each leaf has dark brown “teeth” growing along the edges. Although it is monocarpic, it can take 15 years or more to bloom.
Agave macroacantha “Black-spined Agave”
This artichoke-shaped agave has beautiful blue-gray leaves with sharp spines running along the ridges. Each leaf is tipped with a long dark spike. Although it is a slow-grower, it can grow up to four feet wide. Watch for yellow flowers in mature specimens in the summer. It is monocarpic, but will produce offsets that continue growing after the mother plant has died.
Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave”
This beautiful green agave forms a small, tight rosette. The leaves are green and thick, with white markings along the margins, giving each leaf a prism shape. It grows quite slowly, and has off-white bloom with purple hues. Unfortunately, it is monocarpic, but can be propagated before it dies.
Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave”
This Agave and Manfreda hybrid has a compact rosette. Its leaves are green with maroon edges. It is monocarpic, but will put off offsets before the mother plant dies. ‘Bloodspot’ is evergreen, and will not enter a true dormancy unless its roots are kept dry.
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