Agave bovicornuta-Cow's Horn
This is one of the most ornamental of the agaves coming to us from the
Chihuahuan Desert and Mexico.
Cow's Horn Agave is a medium-sized, non-offsetting and fast-growing
solitary plant that grows to 3' tall and 4' wide with a rosette of medium to dark
green leaves. Its leaves are lance-shaped; wider in the middle,
and tapering to the tip. The leaves measure 2-2.5 feet long and
6-8 inches wide at the widest point, narrowing to a sharp terminal
point. Leaf edges are clothed with highly decorative, dark brown
teeth that curve both away from, and back towards the center of the
plant. These two types of teeth make the leaf edges quite unusual.
Distinctive bud imprints only add to the package.
The 15-22 foot tall flower stalks are branched with 20-30 short side
branches. Flower stalks are adorned with bright yellow and green
flowers that measure about 2" long. As with most Agave species, the flower stalk signals the
end of that plant's life cycle.
full sun or reflected heat exposures can result in some sunburn
on the leaves, a filtered shade exposure is ideal. It makes a
stunning container plant! It does need good drainage.