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Agave attenuata or Foxtail Agave

Agave attenuata is native to Mexico and part of the Asparagaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen, succulent perennial. They also call it the Agave cernua, Agave glaucescens, Agave pruinosa, Lion’s Tail Agave, Foxtail Agave, or Swan’s Neck Agave.

Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata

This plant appears acaulescent but stems can grow to 150cm or 5ft. Just like a palm tree, the leaves fall off and the stem appears bare. The Agave attenuata leaves are ovate and can be as long as 70cm or 28in. They are lighter green in color and soft to the touch. The flowers grow on tall racemes that reach 3m or 10ft long, and they usually curve. Agave attenuata has greenish-yellow flowers. Usually, the plant dies after it flowers, and other suckers around start to grow and replace it.

How to grow Agave attenuate:

Grow Agave attenuate in the sun but protect it from the hot sun in the summer. Plant it in slightly acidic, sandy, moist, or dry soil that is well-drained. It needs to be in a frost-free climate. Agave attenuate is drought tolerant. Agave attenuata is generally disease-free and pest-free, but watch out for slugs and snails. Propagate by offsets.

Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata

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