Agave Americana is a beautiful slow-growing structural plant with blue-green fleshy leaves tipped with a sharp point. Will need some protection from frost when young but in well drained soil and a sunny position it will withstand cold temperatures when mature. This plant is happy on a sunny patio or terrace. Perhaps the ultimate exotic plant to own.
A succulent with basal rosettes of spreading, lance-shaped, spine-tipped and spine-margined, grey-green leaves. Clusters of yellowish green flowers.
Also see: Agave americana 'Variegata'
- Common Names: American aloe
Agave americana is classic when wanting an architectural and exotic feel to the garden. Care of the agave is easy but success is dependant on keeping to a few simple rules. Your agave must be kept dry, this is particularly important during winter when it is damp rather than the cold that can kill this tough little plant. To achieve this the plant can either be planted in a pot using a mix of 50% each of soil based compost and grit, then placed in full sun which gives the option of moving to a greenhouse or light shed for the winter or alternatively if you are lucky enough to have a coastal mild garden, plant in a well drained spot such as a bank or slope, adding plenty of grit when planting. For added effect a top dressing of grit underneath the agave helps protect the lower leaves and adds to the striking appearance of the plant.
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