Agave attenuata is a plant that is much overlooked in pot culture. The 2 ft. leaves are soft green or gray green, somewhat translucent, with no spines. Agave attenuata is a native of Mexico.
Blooming Time: Spring. Flowers are greenish yellow on dense arching spikes 12-24 ft. long. It may take up to 10 years to bloom.
Culture: Although Agave attenuata survives in poor soils, it does best in rich soils ( 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand). The plant is extremely drought tolerant but does better with ample moisture. As plants get older, they produce stout trunks up to 5 ft. tall, and form clumps to 5 ft. across. Soft Leaved Agave is an excellent house plant for southern exposures. It lacks the spines that most Agaves have.
Propagation: Agave attenuata are propagated by removing suckers produced at the base of older plants. Seeds germinate readily when they are fresh.
Agave attenuata was featured as Plant of the Week February 12-18, 1999. More recently, this plant was shown in its reproductive state as Plant of the Week December 10-16, 2004.
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