16 gorgeous agave plants
Use these versatile plants for drama in pots and sunny gardens
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only 2 feet in diameter, this beauty is petite enough for any garden. Blue-gray leaves with reddish spine tips. Attractive in pots.
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.
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.
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'
Magnificent urn-shaped plant with wide leaves. Grows 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
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.
Four great agave combos