Agave palmeri forms compact medium-sized rosettes to 3'
tall by 4' wide.
In the wild it doesnít produce offsets, but occasionally
produces them in cultivation. It is native to dry oak
woodlands and the upper edges of the Sonoran desert into the
southwestern USA and Mexico from 3-6000'..
Agave palmeri has beautiful
blue-green leaves with many reddish brown teeth along the
margins. The leaves are lance-shaped, about 2'
long by 4''
wide, and have a strong terminal spine up to 2''
long. At the end of its
life cycle, Agave palmeri will send up a spectacular
branched flower stalk to 10 to 18' tall with the branches
in the upper one-half of the stalk. The greenish yellow flowers are
clustered at the ends of the lateral branches. Flower stalks begin to
appear in late spring, with full flowering occurring in from June thru
high-elevation agave tolerates temperatures as low as 5į F.
Plant Agave palmeri in full sun and well-drained soil,
and away from high traffic areas, as itís terminal spines are
wicked. As with other agaves and yuccas, this species is
susceptible to the agave snout weevil.
USDA Zone 7.