Botanical Name: Agave desmettiana
 Common Name: Smooth Agave
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Succulent

 

Height Range

1-3'

 

Flower Color

Yellow

 

Flower Season

Spring

 

Leaf Color

Light Green

 

Bark Color

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

Half, Shade

 

Water

Very Low

 

Growth Rate

Fast

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden

 

Accenting Features

Specimen, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape

 

Seasonal Interest

Spring

 

Location Uses

Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

Container, Mass Planting, Naturalizing

 

Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: Kathleen Moore

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Agave with an open rosette form grows quickly to 3' x 3'. Very attrative plant resembles Octopus Agave but smaller. Fleshy leaves are light green with smooth edges and a sharp tip. Will grow best in filtered sun or full shade. After several years flower stalk will appear with bright yellow flowersin spring. Like all agaves, it will die after flowering but produces an abundance of offesets.
Frost tolerant to 25 F. Alto try Agave desmettiana 'variegata' and Agave angustifolia.