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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Agave desmettiana

Fast growing it resembles Octopus Agave but smaller to 3' tall and 6' wide. Soft fleshy leaves are light green with generally smooth edges and a stout terminal spine.

It will tolerate full sun and reflected heat but is happier in filtered sun. On the coast full sun is fine. Needs well drained soil and is great in containers. Dies upon blooming but it does produce an abundance of pups. There have been no known sightings of this in the wild but it has been in cultivation for centuries.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003