Agave mitis Mart.
Mitis Agave, Mitis Century Plant
Agave mitis var. mitis, Agave botterii, Agave bouchei, Agave celsiana, Agave celsii, Agave densiflora, Agave haseloffii, Agave micracantha, Agave oblongata, Agave rupicola
Agave mitis is a succulent plant that forms rosettes of fleshy, blue-green to yellow-green leaves with soft brown spines not nearly as imposing as those of other Agaves. The leaves are up to 2 feet (60 cm) long. Flowers are green and up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long. The flowering stalk is up to 8 feet (2.4 m) tall, with the flowers closely appressed against the stem, forming a narrow column that is much more compact than most other species.
USDA hardiness zone 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 be the way to go. Be aware that some 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 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 repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
This species is native to the Mexican states of Hidalgo, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí.
Varieties and Hybrids
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