The Succulent Garden at
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Agave vilmoriniana A. Berger"Octopus Agave"

Growing naturally in the desert of Northern Mexico, this agave forms colonies along steep canyon sides. As with most agaves, it does well in a lot of garden situations, surviving sun to part shade, heat and cold down to 20 degrees. Unlike most agaves, Octopus Agave does not have those nasty teeth on the edges of the leaves or the deadly needles at the tips. It also does not sucker as it grows, making it a very clean looking agave. Instead of suckers, plantlets form along the spent flower stalk and can be easily removed and planted. It does got a bit large, about 6 feet wide by 3 feet tall. The flower stalks can reach to 15 feet. As with all agaves, the main plant dies after flowering (which occurs after about ten years).

Stephen Cooley


Agave vilmoriniana
photo taken 07 March 2014 by Stephen Cooley

Agave vilmoriniana
photo taken 14 March 2014 by Stephen Cooley

Agave vilmoriniana
photo taken 28 March 2014 by Stephen Cooley

Agave vilmoriniana
photo taken 18 April 2014 by Stephen Cooley
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