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Care Agave vilmoriniana or Octopus agave.

Care of the succulent plant Agave vilmoriniana or Octopus agave

The Agave genus, subfamily Agavoideae, comprises some 300 species of succulent plants native to Mexico, Central America and the Southwest of the USA. Some species are: Agave vilmoriniana,  Agave angustifoliaAgave univittataAgave lechuguilla, Agave stricta, Agave sisalana, Agave shawii, Agave potatorum, Agave parryi, Agave parrasana, Agave macroacantha, Agave filifera, Agave bracteosa, Agave attenuata, Agave americana, Agave victoria-reginae, Agave guadalajarana, Agave striata, Agave impressa, Agave ferox, Agave ferdinandi-regisAgave horridaAgave datylio.

Common names: Octopus agave, Midas Agave. This species is distributed by Sonora, Sinaloa, Jalisco and Aguascalientes, Mexico.

They are elegant, fast-growing succulents that reach 1.20 meters (3.93 feet) in height and up to 2 meters (6.56 feet) in diameter. The attractive rosette-shaped wavy leaves are linear-lanceolate in shape, bluish-green or yellowish-green in color, ending in a soft thorn. After 8-10 years they produce a long flower spike (up to 6 meters/19.68 feet high) with yellow flowers. They bloom in spring or summer. On the flower stem they produce small suckers to self-propagate (the mother plant dies).

They are used in rockeries, on borders, on dry slopes, in cactus and succulent gardens, and in pots when young. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Vilmoriniana Agave prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade. It does not resist frost.

They grow in any type of soil that has good drainage, be it sandy, poor or stony. Transplant in spring if the roots appear below the pot.

They are very resistant to drought plants. Water occasionally in summer and spring; in autumn and winter they are maintained by the rains.

They do not need fertilizers.

Pruning is not necessary but the mother plant must be removed when it dies after flowering.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by separating suckers that can be produced at the base and from the seedlings that appear on the flower stalk.

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Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana