Agave palmeri subsp. chrysantha
Agave Chrysantha is endemic to the mountains of central Arizona, until the Rincon mountains. This species is found between 700 and 2300 metres above the sea level, in high desert scrubs, chaparral, juniper woodland, on volcanic, granitic and limestone mountain slopes.
Agave Chrysantha is a perennial leaf succulents; it has a basal, acaulescent and usually individual rosette. It is a monocarpic species, which require 10-15 years to reacht maturity. Beacuse of its golden, yellow flowers, which grow on a stem tall up to 7 m, Agave Chrysantha is also called “The golden flowered century plant”. The leaves colour goes from blue, greyish to green or yellowish green, and they can reach a 75 cm length; their shape is linear-lanceolate; the margins are usually undulate, rarely straight and toothed. Teeth are up to 10 mm long, 1-3 cm apart, with smaller teeth between the larger ones. The leaves presents also a reddish-brown/brown-grey terminal spine.
This species is easily grown in full sun or light shade, in a well drained soil: as long as they’re not kept soggy, it tolerate most kind of soils. Its tolerance to heat is excellent.
Propagation can be made by offsets.
The magnificent flowers of Agave Chrysantha will attract not only big bees and butterflies, but also bats and hummingbirds.