Genus: Agave

Agave

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
(Agave)
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Agavaceae
Agave are rosette-forming succulents with pointy, fleshy fronds, often with terminal points. Flowers are borne on leafless stems from the center of the rosette. In most species, the rosette dies after flowering and offsets emerge to mature.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Rigid, fleshy, pointed leaves often with teeth, in shades of green and green-blue.
Care:  Under glass, water freely during summer, let dry in winter. Outside, grow in moderately fertile, very well-drained soil in full sun.
Propagation: 

Remove offsets in sping or autumn.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Agave

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Agave 'Sharkskin'
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American aloe
Agave americana
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Mescal
Agave parryi
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Calamar Squid Agave
Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’
Problems: 

Scale and mealybug. Root rot is common in poorly drained soil.