Agave stricta 'Nana'
Dwarf Hedgehog Agave
Agave stricta f. nana
Agave stricta 'Nana' is a small succulent that slowly grows to form symmetrical rosettes of narrow, pale green, spine-tipped leaves with tiny teeth along the margins. The rosettes grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and nearly equal in diameter. The margins of the leaves are more rough than sharp to the touch. With time the rosettes produce new offsets at the base from short rhizomes and create attractive, tightly packed clumps.
The mature rosettes send up a tall, sometimes crooked stalk, rising well above the foliage and bearing yellow flowers, usually in late summer. The rosette dies after flowering but is quickly replaced by surrounding ones.
There is a certain amount of disagreement about the valid name for this plant. Some consider it a cultivar of Agave stricta, while others suggest it a cultivar of Agave petrophila.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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 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 long 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 repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
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