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Agave salmiana ‘Green Giant’ – Giant Agave

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Scientific Name

Agave salmiana ‘Green Giant’

Common Names

Giant Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave salmiana ‘Green Giant’ is an architectural succulent, recognizable by its thick, graceful, dark gray-green, out-curving leaves with projecting spines and massive stature, reaching up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and twice as wide. When the plant matures and blooms, the tall candelabra inflorescence rises to over 20 feet (6 m) bearing yellow flowers. Produces ample suckers which can lead to a large colony if suckers are not removed.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °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, 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave

Origin

Garden origin.

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