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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Agave scabra-Rough Agave

Agave scabra has thick, wide, gray-green leaves that are rough on the back. The leaves are edged with recurved teeth and end in a stout terminal spine. There is great variation in the wild with some selections forming a rosette to 3-4 feet tall and wide suckering freely.

It is a smaller alternative to Agave americana. Agave scabra is abundant in the Chihuahuan Desert region of northeastern Mexico, from elevations of 3600 to 5700 feet. Plants will thrive in full sun and reflected heat with low water usage.  It is also cold hardy to 10F.


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