Agave stricta nana
Agave striata var echinoides
Agave striata var. stricta
Native to Mexico (Teuhacan valley of southern Puebla and northen Oaxaca).
Small species with spherycal shape. The rosette, which is individual, has got hundreds of stiff, linear leaves. This thin leaves are evergreen, and can be gray-green, light blue- green or yellow-green. Their margin are toothless. The leaves can get to a lenght of 35 cm. The flowers, a 150-200 spike-like raceme, can be green, purple or reddish brown. Agave stricta may bloom reaching maturity, after 10 years of life.
Agave stricta nana is a really hardy species, so it can be grown from full sun to half-shade. Its tolerance to heat is excellent; also its endurance to subzero cold is very good (up to -4°C) – anyway, it is better to avoid severe freezing. In winter, it needs watering once every 1-2 months.
You can use basal suckers as propagation material: remove them during spring or summer, let the cuttings dry and then, put them in compost.
Agave Stricta is one of the few species of Agave which are not monocarpic, so it won’t die after flowering.