Agave chrysantha

Synonyms:

Agave palmeri subsp. chrysantha

Habitat:

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: it grows in high desert scrubs, chaparral, juniper woodland, on volcanic, granitic and limestone mountain slopes.

Description:

Agave Chrysantha is a perennial leaf succulents; it has a basal, acaulescent and usually individual rosette. It is a monocarpic species, which requires 10-15 years to reacht maturity. Beacuse of its golden, yellow flowers, Agave Chrysantha is also called “golden flowered century plant”; buds grow on a stem tall up to 7 m.  Leaves can be blue, greyish to green or yellowish green, and they can reach a 75 cm length; their shape is linear-lanceolate, and 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 reddish-brown/brown-grey terminal spines.

Cultivation:

This species grows easily in full sun or light shade, in a well drained soil. Its tolerance to heat is excellent.

Propagation:

Propagation can be made easily done by offsets.

Curiosity:

The magnificent flowers of Agave Chrysantha will attract not only big bees and butterflies, but also bats and hummingbirds.

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