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Agave attenuata (Agave, century plant)

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Plant description

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This agave is a perennial succulent plant that makes a bold scuptural statement in the garden. It has a thick trunk, often branching at the base, and bears rosettes of large sword shaped grey-green leaves with a bluish tinge.

Agave attenuata is very hardy and pest free. They grow best in a sunny spot in well drained open soil, and are drought tolerant. They don't like to sit in waterlogged soil. They are very suitable for container growing. Thay can become weedy in NSW and Victoria.

Agave attenuata is native to Mexico.

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: native bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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