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Agave ocahui (Ocahui, Amolillo)


Scientific Name

Agave ocahui Gentry

Common Names

Ocahui, Ojahui, Amolillo

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave ocahui is succulent, up to 4 feet (1.2 m) in diameter, up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall, with dense, symmetrical rosettes of narrow, dark green leaves. The margins are toothless and reddish brown. The leaves have a slight gray – brown sharp 1 inch (2.5 cm) tip to them, that bends easily. The leaves are up to 1.5 feet (45 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. The flower spike is up to 15 feet (4.5 m) tall, unbranched and densely crowded with small bright yellow flowers. Once the plant flowers, it will die.

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.


Native to Northeastern Sonora State, Mexico, at 1500 to 4500 feet (450 to 1350 m) elevation.


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