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Agave valenciana (Giant Mezcal Agave)

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Scientific Name

Agave valenciana Cházaro & A.Vázquez

Common Names

Giant Mezcal Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave valenciana is an amazing, giant, solitary Agave that forms a rosette up to 6.6 feet (2 m) tall and up to 13.2 feet (4 m) in diameter. The bluish green leaves are quite large, reaching up to 7 feet (2.1 m) long and up 2 feet (60 cm) wide. The flowers are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and appear in late spring. The spectacular, yellow-flowered inflorescence can reach up to 25 feet (7.5 m) tall.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Agave is not a difficult plant 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, however, you are 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 is 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. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave

Origin

Agave valenciana was discovered and described in 2006 from a remote canyon in western Jalisco, Mexico.

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