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Agave vilmoriniana – Octopus Agave

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Scientific Name

Agave vilmoriniana A. Berger

Common Names

Octopus Agave

Synonyms

Agave eduardii, Agave mayoensis

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave vilmoriniana is a very unusual looking succulent with narrow green leaves that twist back towards the ground, making it look like a 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and wide octopus with outreaching tentacles. Arching deeply furrowed leaves are unarmed, making this Agave a relatively safe plant for walkway areas or container growing. At the end of its life, generally in winter, it will start to produce a blunt flower stalk that will utlimately through the spring season grow up to 15 feet (4.5 m) tall. The stalk is a true spike and the individual flowers are small, cream yellow to whitish.

Agave vilmoriniana - Octopus Agave

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How to Grow and Care

Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They’re slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you’re the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. If, however, you’re the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might the way to go. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.

In general, Agave do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and will take a long time to outgrow their pot. It’s also best to handle your Agave as little as possible, since they do not like to be disturbed. When you do repot, refresh the spent soil with new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave.

Origin

Native to Mexico.

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