Agave pelona Gentry
Mescal Pelon, Mexican Agave
Agave pelona is a stunning, slow-growing succulent that forms a solitary rosette, up to 3 feet (90 cm) in diameter, of hard, narrow, glossy green leaves often with a reddish tinge. It is similar in size and coloration to Agave ocahui. The leaves have white, thornless margins and an up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long apical spine. Once in its lifetime, in early spring through summer, it produces an up to 10 feet (3 m) tall flower spike with striking, deep red, bell-shaped flowers.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Agaves are not difficult plants to grow. They are slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you are 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 are 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 is also best to handle your plant 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. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Agave pelona is native to Mexico (Sonora).
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