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Agave attenuata

Swan's neck agave

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Key information

Flower colour

White

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Leigh Clapp, copyright GAP Photos (57353)

Plant details

A succulent perennial with a thick stem, supporting a rosette of attractive, sword-shaped, pale blue-grey leaves. It only flowers once, producing a tall spike of yellow-white flowers on a curving stem which gives the plant its common name swan's neck agave. As soon as it flowers, the plant dies, but this is not normally until it has reached full maturity which could be 8 or 10 years, and it usually produces small, new plants from side shoots. Since it is tender, it does need to be in a frost-free, sunny, sheltered spot, if grown in open ground. Otherwise grow it outside in a pot during the summer months, placing inside over the winter months. Smaller plants may be grown as houseplants.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Agave

Species: attenuata

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 200cm


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