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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Agave ocahui is a small to medium-sized slow growing plant that grows to 2 - 3 feet high and 3 feet wide, forming a dense ball of 150-200 leaves. Its dark green leaves are 1 foot to 1.5 feet long and up to 1 inch wide.

The leaf margins are toothless and reddish brown; the terminal point is about 1 inch long and sharp, but relatively weak. Slender flower spikes are 10 feet to 15 feet tall, unbranched and densely crowded with yellow flowers in April thru June.

Once the plant flowers, it will die and needs to be replanted. This Agave does not produce offsets.  It t
olerates harsh, reflected heat conditions, while providing a deep green, lush appearance. It is a native of north eastern Sonora, Mexico on rocky hillsides 1500-4500' with oaks.

Provide it with full sun and water sparingly to maintain its form.  It will also tolerate more shade than most.

Ocahui is the word for fiber or cordage.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003