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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Agave schottii

This smaller agave is native in southeastern Arizona into New Mexico and into northern Mexico.  Its habitat ranges from low and high desert scrub to grassland to juniper and oak woodlands.  Most can be found on rocky slopes from 900 to 2000 meters in elevation. It naturally forms colonies.

The leaves are long and linear 1/2" wide and a foot long and are yellowish green with obvious bud imprinting and with filaments.

In the low desert, it will need some additional moisture and light shade but is very cold hardy to 10F.  It does need room to spread and might be used on rocky slopes as a stabilizer.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003