Types of Agave

Types of Agave

Agave is a succulent perennial. They are hardy plants and withstand harsh sun, high heat, and drought conditions.

1. Foxtail Agave

Botanical Name: Agave attenuata

With their silvery green leaves, foxtails look elegant. The leaves form a rosette at the center that looks like a fox's tail. Hence it is called Foxtail Agave. Unlike other agave species, they lack sharp pointy, or spiny ends.

Foxtail Agave

2. Caribbean Agave

Botanical Name: Agave angustifolia

Caribbean agave leaves grow up to 2 feet. They are pale green with a creamy margin. The leaves form a dense rosette, and flower bloom on a 10 feet tall spike.

3. Blue Agave

Botanical Name: Agave tequilana

Tequila comes from the blue agave plant, which gives it its name. It grows up to seven feet tall and has greenish-blue leaves. They also bear yellow blooms.

4. American Century Agave

Botanical Name: Agave americana

The American Century flower has beautiful, bright bluish-green leaves and spikes at the tips. It also attracts hummingbirds.

American Century Agave

5. Whale's Tongue Agave

Botanical Name: Agave ovatifolia

It is a cold hard agave. This agave has thick cupped leaves that are light blue. The flowering spike reaches a height of 14 feet, and the plant takes around ten years to produce flowers.

6. Octopus Agave

Botanical Name: Agave vilmoriniana

It is a beautiful addition to any garden or container, with its uniquely shaped leaves. But, it is known to take up to ten years before bearing its magnificent yellow blooms.

Octopus Agave<

7. Queen Victoria Agave

Botanical Name: Agave victoriae

It is one of the most beautiful varieties of agave with dark green leaves. It produces flowers once in a lifetime.

8. Thread-Leaf Agave

Botanical Name: Agave filifera

They form a beautiful rosette which gives it an ornamental look. The buds on the leaves bear white thread, hence the name.

9. Shaw's Agave

Botanical Name: Agave shawii

This evergreen perennial has gray pointy edges. It can grow up to 3 ft tall. The gray spine under sunlight exhibits shades of red, gold, and pink.

Shaw's Agave

10. Twin-Flowered Agave

Botanical Name: Agave geminiflora

It is a rare type of agave from Mexico's west coast. They grow slowly, reach a height of about 2 ft and 3 ft wide, and produce green-yellow flowers in groups of two.

11. Mountain Agave

Botanical Name: Agave montana

It takes ten years for giant asparagus-like shoots to grow and produce flowers. The spike reaches a height of 12 feet.

Mountain Agave

12. Ferocious Giant Agave

Botanical Name: Agave salmiana ferox

The rigid and sturdy leaves grow broader over time. It reaches up to 11 feet tall. The canary yellow flower grows on long spikes.

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