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Agave attenuata

Agave attenuata

Description: A succulent plant of strong architectural interest. Though not fully hardy a fabulous plant to use in a hot dry garden. Rosette shaped succulent which forms a clump of shoots over time. This species has broader and softer light green leaves than A. americana. Suited to any hot themed planting scheme, or for use as a specimen. Good for growing in containers which can be moved for protection in winter.

In exceptional cases it may flower - but you may have to wait for up to 20 years!

Climate/Position: Hot sunny site.

Height/Spread: trunk forming plant which may grow up to 1 metre but often bends and sprawls along the ground due to the weight of the rosette leaves.

Soil Requirements: Poor and well drained sandy soil

Pruning: Old leaves can be removed to keep trunk clean and attractive.

Special Requirements: Protect from wet and cold in winter. The most important factor is a very good drainage.

Young shoots or 'pups' can be removed to be grown as new plants.