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.
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 tolerates
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.