16 gorgeous agave plants

Use these versatile plants for drama in pots and sunny gardens

Agave 'Blue Glow'

Saxon Holt

Agave 'Blue Glow' 

Rosettes of smooth spineless foliage have a distinctly blue cast (A. 'Blue Flame' is similar). Leaves grow 2½ feet long. Prefers a bit of shade in low desert.

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A. vilmoriniana

Richard Shiell

A. vilmoriniana

Pale green rosettes can reach up to 6 feet wide. Fleshy leaves twist like octopus tentacles, hence its common name, octopus agave. No teeth to worry about; just one terminal spine.

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A. filifera

Jerry Pavia

A. filifera

A small, 2-foot-wide dark green species decorated with white margins and fuzzy white filaments. Good in containers and planted directly in the garden.

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A. geminiflora

Richard Shiell

A. geminiflora

Forms a dense rosette of 2- to 3-foot narrow green leaves with curly white filaments. Great in containers. Provide light shade in hottest desert areas in summer.

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A. montana

Jack W. Dykinga

A. montana

One of the most cold-tolerant species, it grows at elevations up to 9,000 feet in the wild. Looks like an enormous artichoke. Fairly large: 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide.

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A. potatorum

Jerry Pavia

A. potatorum

Only 2 feet in diameter, this beauty is petite enough for any garden. Blue-gray leaves with reddish spine tips. Attractive in pots.

 

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A. attenuata 'Variegata'

Jerry Pavia

A. attenuata 'Variegata' 

Spineless pale green agave with creamy yellow stripes. Leaves grow from a curved stem that develops into a 5-foot-tall trunk. Frost-tender. Great by pool or beach.

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A. macroacantha

Jerry Pavia

A. macroacantha

A small blue-gray agave is a welcome thing ― most are much larger. Modest 1½-foot size makes this species useful in containers, on patios, and in borders.

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A. desmettiana 'Variegata'

Richard Shiell

A. desmettiana 'Variegata'

A smaller agave (3 feet in diameter at maturity) with a beautiful arching shape. Leaves range from light yellow-green to dark blue-green. Variegated forms are particularly prized. Best in shade in the low desert. Beautiful in large containers as well as the ground.

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A. salmiana ferox 'Green Goblet'

Jerry Pavia

A. salmiana ferox 'Green Goblet'

Magnificent urn-shaped plant with wide leaves. Grows 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

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A. victoriae-reginae

Saxon Holt

A. victoriae-reginae

One of the most popular species. Beloved for its small size ― 18 inches across ― and beautifully marked dark green leaves.

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A. bovicornuta

Jerry Pavia

A. bovicornuta

Cow horn agaves have glossy leaves that widen out like a spatula before ending in red-spined tips. Grows about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

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Four great agave combos

Lee Anne White

Four great agave combos

The thick spine-tipped leaves of Agave parryi add a touch of blue to the yellow-greens of sedums, aloes, and aeonium.  

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A. americana

Steven Gunther

 A. americana

In this great combination A. americana accents a planting of blue Senecio mandraliscae that tumbles over a wall, as aloes and rosemary 'Severn Sea' grow behind.


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A. attenuata

Richard Shiell

A. attenuata

The light green leaves of a colony of A. attenuata contrast in this combo with the nearly black rosettes of Aeonium 'Zwartkop'.  

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Agave attenuata

Art Gray

Agave attenuata 

This Agave attenuata grouping provides a dramatic accent to a variegated licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) atop a stacked ledgestone wall.  

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