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Agave edwardii (Octopus agave)

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Plant description

agave edwardii octopus agave

Agave edwardii, the octopus agave, is also known as Agave vilmoriniana. A very easy care, low maintenance succulent with long arching blue-green leaves. This is a great landscaping plant, with a very sculptural look. Grows to around 1.2 metres high and wide. Great potted plants, garden specimens and for massed plantings.

Agaves are excellent waterwise plants, and are very drought hardy. Will grow in full sun as well as partial shade. Frost tolerant. Mulch with pebbles rather than regular mulch. Plant in a free draining soil, as boggy conditions can cause rot and the death of the plant.

Propagation is from small side plants called pups. Once large enough to handle, they can be pulled off from the main plant and potted up.

The octopus agave has soft spines and no teeth along the leaf margins, so is more gardener friendly than other spikier agaves.

 

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: green
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 0.9 metres

Maximum width: 1.2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.1-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: None needed.

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