A Mexican evergreen, rosette forming succulent that can grow up to 50cm tall and wide. Greenish-white flowers are borne on spikes of up to 2.5m high. Requires well-drained sandy or loamy soil in full sun. Suitable for coastal gravel gardens. Protect in sub-zero temperatures.
- Eventual Size: 0.5m (Height) x 0.5m (Spread)
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Any well-drained soil
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Foliage Colour: Green foliage edged with long white fibres
- Flower: Greenish-white (produced only by old plants)
- Hardiness: Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
- Common Names: Thread Agave
Agave filifera 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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