Agave x arizonica is in the wild an extremely rare species native to Arizona. Discovered growing on rocky slopes in central Arizona between Payson and Tonto, it is a hybrid between Agave chrysantha and Agave toumeyana var. Bella.
We were lucky enough to obtain seed collected from wild specimens over 10 years ago and have been cultivating this fine agave ever since. Agave x arizonica is highly ornamental and useful as one of the smaller growing agaves rarely reaching more than 45cm high and wide with bluish-grey green leaves bordered with orange to red margins which glow in the sun. It has flowered several times with us, the flower spikes reaching an impressive 3-4 metres high.
Agave x arizonica has proved pretty tough with us enduring some really cold winters but as with all agaves must be kept very dry during the winter months.
As with all hardy or hardy-ish agave if you want to try growing year-round outside choose a hot sunny position with perfect drainage, add gravel and ideally mulch around the base with gravel too. I always recommend building a roof over the top of treasured agave plants in winter. Simply hammer in 4 stakes around the agave a fix a clear plastic ‘roof’ onto the top of each stake above the agave leaving the sides clear allowing wind to pass through the leaves.
Alternately we recommend growing in a pot in full sun from April to the end of October depending on the weather and moving it to a greenhouse, conservatory or even shed for the winter where it can have protection from freezing and wet. No watering will be needed from November to March.
- Common Names:Arizona Agave, Arizona century plant