Agave filifera

 In Agave


Agave filamentosa
Agave pseudofilifera
Bonapartea filamentosa


Native to Mexico, this succulent plant grows in exposed sites, at high altitude in oak woodlands, and steep walled cliffs.


Medium-small sized succulent plant with a stemless rosette up to 60 cm tall and up to 90 cm across; leaves’ colours goes from bronze-green to dark green, and present white bud imprints. The flower stalk is up to 3,5 m tall. The numerous flowers, which appear in autumn and winter, are yellowish-green to dark purple, and can reach a 5 cm lenght.


This evergreen succulent is an easy-to-grow plant, and have a moderate growth rate. As many other Agaves, they do best in very well-drained, sandy or gravely soil. As ornamental they are also grown in containers and pots (where they need a very porous mix soil), where they stay pretty small. If cultivated ooutdoors, they can take full sun and are drought tolerant; otherwise, they do well in a lightly shaded area. If copiously watered in summer – allowing to dry between each watering- it will grow really fast in summer. During the winter, only water enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.  Slow release specific fertilizer, applied once or twice in a year, will help growing quickly. It is theoretically hardy to -10° C , but water froze will give pockmarks on the leaves.


Propagation can be done with cutten basal suckers.


The sap of is fermented to make “pulque”, a light alcoholic Mexican drink.

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