Agave stricta Salm-Dyck
Hedgehog Agave, Hedgehog Century Plant
Agave striata f. stricta, Agave striata subsp. stricta, Agave striata var. stricta, Bonapartea stricta
Agave stricta is a succulent plant that forms rosettes of narrow dark green leaves tipped with a spine. The rosettes grow up 20 inches (50 cm) tall, nearly equal in diameter, and produce many offsets creating a sizable colony. Leaves are up to 16 inches (40 cm) long and square to nearly round in cross-section. The mature rosettes produce a dense, erect, up to 7 feet (2.1 m) tall raceme of small reddish-purple flowers in summer.
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 you are 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 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 repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and ensure 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.
This species is native to Puebla and Oaxaca in Southern Mexico.
Forms and Cultivars
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