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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.
Flower colour: green
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 0.9 metres
Maximum width: 1.2 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical, arid.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.1-7.5
Rot if overwatered
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: None needed.