Agave Macroacantha. Black-Spined Agave
The Agave Macroacantha is a very pretty medium sizes Agave. Tight symmetrical rosettes of narrow pale blue-green leaves are sword shaped, very uniform in shape and outwardly spreading. Each leaf has large dark brown irregularly spaced marginal teeth and a 1 inch long chesnut brown terminal spine, so probably better planting them away from walkways. Slow growing, although after time it can form a colony with many offsets, some producing a short stem. Flowering when mature, usually after around 15 years the main plant dies but there are plenty of offsets to take its place. The flowers themselves are purple tinged in dense clusters produced on tall spike around 2m high.
Awarded the RHS Award For Garden Merit it is perfect for exotic gardens, it's bold silhouette making a wonderful architectural centrepiece.
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AGAVE MACROACANTHA. Black-Spined Agave.
Latin Name: Agave Macroacantha.
Common Name: Black-Spined Agave. Large Thorned Agave
Native to: Mexico.
Hardiness: Hardy to -5 degrees if kept dry through Winter and extremely drought tolerant.
Growth: Succulent with dense regular rosettes of pale blue-green outward radiating leaves, with dark brown irregular spaced marginal teeth and long chestnut brown terminal spine. Very uniform. Produces offsets. Some form a stem.
Sun:Full sun/partial shade.
Soil: Sharply draining, plenty of gravel.
Moisture: Water regularly through summer. Dry in winter, only watering sparingly very occasionally if needed to prevent leaf shrivelling
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