Spider agave

Agave bracteosa

Description

The Spider agave is a small species with long arching and twisting pale-green leaves that taper to a soft point. This garden-friendly species grows 12-15 in. tall and eventually forms clumps of plants several feet across. Each plant produces a 4-5 ft. tall flower stalk in late spring with colorful light yellow flowers. Unlike many other agaves, this species does not die after flowering.

This soft tipped species is good for mass plantings and containers in both residential and commercial landscapes. It is a good companion plant in southwestern and Mediterranean style garden plantings.

Plant Type: Agave
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring, Insignificant
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Hummingbird plant, Container plant, Borders
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 12 in. – 15 in.