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Agave geminiflora (Twin Flowered Agave)

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Scientific Name

Agave geminiflora (Tagl.) Ker Gawl.

Common Names

Twin Flowered Agave

Synonyms

Littaea geminiflora (basionym)

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave geminiflora is a dwarf, single-stemmed Agave with leaves that cascade from the center of the plant and forms a dense rounded rosette. The leaves are narrow, dark green, unarmed leaves that are very flexible. Rosete grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and about the same in diameter. When plants mature, they will initiate flowers which are formed in pairs on an unbranched spike that rises to 10 feet (3 m).

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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, Agaves 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

Endemic to the Mexican State of Nayarit.

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