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Agave vilmoriniana (Octopus agave)

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Plant description

agave vilmoriniana agave octopus.

agave vilmoriniana octopus agave

Agave vilmoriniana, the octopus agave, is a spectactular perennial succulent plant with long arching blue-green leaves. A very easy care, low maintenance plant. 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.

This plant is also known as Agave edwardii, Agave houghii, Agave mayoensis and Agave eduardi.

 

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

Diseases

Rot if overwatered

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: None needed.

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