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Agave polianthiflora
@ Berkeley Botanic Gdn, CA

Agave polianthiflora

Tuberose-flowered Hardy Century Plant

Item #: 7562

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 5" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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This north Mexican species makes a very cute and non-offsetting rosette to only 5" tall x 10" wide, composed of dark-green leaves, highlighted with an abundance of white filifers (hairs). In the wild, Agave polianthiflora can be found clinging to pine and oak forested rock outcrops up to 6,500' elevation...come to think of it, that's exactly what I do at that elevation. The 6' tall spikes of pinkish-red flowers top the plant at maturity. It takes approximately 4-8 years for Agave polianthiflora to prepare for meaningful sex in captivity, but it sure beats every 100 years in the wild. Agave flowers attract hummingbirds.

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