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This is a lovely, medium sized Agave from NE Mexico. The plant forms a neat rosette of green leaves with a paler central stripe, and reddish thorns along the leaf margins. In a 6.5in diameter terracotta bowl, with a leaf spread of 12in and height above soil level, also 12in. Requires full sun and well-drained compost and is happy outside for most of the year. It should be kept cool, but frost-free during the winter months.
Agave genus (Mescal). This genus of some 136 species consists of rosette-forming, perennial succulents, which have sword-shaped, sharply toothed leaves. The smaller species will grow to 30cm high and flower only after 5-10 years. The taller species will grow to 5m high and may take 20-40 years to flower. Agave have lived on Earth for some 60 million years.
Most of the species have hard, blue-grey leaves that are half hardy, whilst the grey-green or green leaved species are usually frost tender, min 5C. Grow them in full sun with well drained soil. In their native habitat, Agave will survive hot deserts and dry, sunny mountain sides.
Agave tequilana is pulped and fermented, turning the sugars into alcohol, to create the Mexican drink Tequila. Agave sisalana, or sisal, is made from the leaf fibres of the plant. Uses include strong, sunlight resistant rugs and carpets, cords, sandals and baskets.