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Agave tequilana – Blue Agave, Tequila Agave

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Scientific Name

Agave tequilana F. A. C. Weber

Common Names

Blue Agave, Tequila Agave

Synonyms

Agave angustifolia subsp. tequilana, Agave palmaris, Agave palmeris, Agave pedrosana, Agave pes-mulae, Agave pseudotequilana

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave tequilana is a fast growing plant that grows up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and wide, with up to 4 foot (1.2 m) long narrow leaves of a beautiful shade of blue gray with a brown sharp terminal spine and margin teeth. The mature plants sprout a shoot when about five years old which grows into a stem up to 15 feet (4.5 m) tall and topped with yellow flowers.

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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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave.

Uses

Man has been harvesting and utilizing Agaves for approximately 9,000 years. The huge plant comprised a huge part of primitive man’s diet. Closely related to lilies there are three major parts which are edible: flowers, stalks or basal rosettes, and the sap. Leaves are a lesser edible part of the plant…. – See more at: Century Plant – Edible Agave.

Origin

Native to Jalisco, Mexico.

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