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Agave shawii/Shaw's Agave

Agave shawii / Agave shawii
A tight rosette of foliage
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A tight rosette of foliage

A mature specimen in bloom

An older agave with an emerging floral stalk

Two developing floral stalks

Yellowish-red flowers on a mature agave

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Scientific Name: Agave shawii
Common Name: Shaw's Agave
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a relativel small agave, native to the Southern California coast. Plants form tight rosettes of foliage with marginal spines. This is a good choice for planters and other containers. Plants are quite tolerant to relatively low temperatures at freezing for short periods. When a mature plant blooms it then dies, but off-shoots of smaller plants usually form around a dying specimen. May take 30 years for a plant to bloom. Some plants stay as single rosettes while others form small groups of off-shoots.