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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Agave palmeri

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 July.

This 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.


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