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Agave stricta – Hedgehog Agave

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Scientific Name

Agave stricta Salm-Dyck

Common Names

Hedgehog Agave, Hedgehog Century Plant, Rabo de Léon

Synonyms

Agave striata f. stricta, Agave striata subsp. stricta, Agave striata var. stricta, Agave striata var. stricta, Bonapartea stricta

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave stricta is a succulent evergreen perennial up 20 inches (50 cm) tall, with rosettes of narrow, spine-tipped dark green leaves up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. Small reddish flowers borne in dense, erect racemes up to 6.6 feet (2 m) long.

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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

Origin

Native to Puebla and Oaxaca in Southern Mexico.

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