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Agave bovicornuta – Cow Horn Agave


Scientific Name

Agave bovicornuta Gentry

Common Names

Cow Horn Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave bovicornuta is a very attractive small to medium-sized solitary growing Agave. It is up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and up to 5 feet (1.5 m) wide, with an open rosette of up to 30 inch (76 cm) long and up to 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) wide yellow-green to medium-green leaves that are widest in the middle. The leaf blades are attractively edged with large reddish dark brown teeth on large teats, some recurving back towards the base and others towards the leaf tip, which has a short stout terminal spine. The broad leaf surfaces are further decorated by impressions (crenulated bud imprints) made by the margins of other leaves as they emerge from the center of growth and the new leaves have an attractive satiny finish. When the plant matures, which usually takes 12 years or more, it produces a up to 23 foot (7 m) tall branched inflorescence bearing 2 inch (5 cm) long yellow and green flowers.

Agave bovicornuta - Cow Horn 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave.


Native to mountainous regions in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Sonora and Sinaloa.


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