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Cactus Succulent

Agave utahensis
  • RHS AGM

Utah aloe

A clump-forming succulent perennial with grey-green, linear leaves with boldly spiny tips and margins. Urn-shaped yellow flowers are borne in erect panicles to 4m in height

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Agave can be perennial or monocarpic succulents, forming rosettes of usually rigid, fleshy, spiny-edged leaves, with funnel-shaped flowers in racemes or panicles often much taller than the rosettes

Name status

Correct

Plant range
SW USA

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter

Propagation

Propagate by offsets taken in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Mediterranean climate plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free

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