Name: agave (Agave spp.), fox-tail agave (Agave attenuata). Plant type: evergreen succulent. Height: generally less than 1.5m × 1m. Foliage: large, fleshy, bluey-green, broad, sword-like.
Beside above, how do you care for a foxtail agave?
Easily grown in slightly acidic, sandy or gravelly, moist or dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates part shade. Keep in a frost-free area in winter and put it out on the patio or balcony in summer. Drought tolerant, this agave does not do well in desert heat.
Just so, how often do foxtail agave bloom?
Thousands of small yellow and cream colored flowers mature on 10-15 ft. long arching flower stalks. Flowering occurs among plants in late fall, winter and spring, and provides a dramatic floral display for 1-2 months; the flowering plant dies after it flowers, leaving behind a large group of younger plants.
What is foxtail agave good for?
The swan’s neck Agave is commonly grown in gravel and rock gardens. It also looks great potted container plant in courtyards, southwestern landscapes, Mediterranean gardens or used as a border plant in a flower bed. It helps add more texture to a garden bed, especially when the “fox tail” sprouts.
Thrives in full sun to part shade in cool coastal areas; part shade or away from reflected heat in desert and hot summer areas. Drought tolerant once established in cooler regions; needs regular water in hotter summer regions.
Agave – ‘Foxtail Agave’ – Attenuata
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A: Two things come to mind when agave is yellowing during early to mid-summer: watering too often or agave weevil. May, June and July are the months we see yellowing of the tops and death from agave weevil. Because you mentioned so many plants are affected, watering too often may be the problem.
There are over 250 agave species and most flower towards the end of their life and then die. Actually, the length of time an agave lives is largely dependent on the species. In my experience in the managed landscapes, most agave live approximately 5 – 15 years, once planted from a 5-gallon container.
Agaves require little attention to thrive. Water the plant every 4-5 days for the first month or two. After established, agaves need only be watered 2-3 times a month in summer, or more if you’re in a low desert location.
Agave attenuata is not toxic to humans, but the sap of the leaves and inflorescence may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.
Leaves are a lesser edible part of the plant. During the summer, Agaves can produce several pounds of flowers each, which can be boiled or roasted. The stalks before they blossom in summer can also be roasted and taste like molasses.