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Agave palmeri Engelm.
Palmer's century plant, Palmer agave, Blue century plant
USDA Symbol: AGPA3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The basal rosette of stiff, succulent, sword-like, spine-tipped leaves are distinctively bluish in color. Greenish-yellow flowers, tinged with purple, appear in a cluster at top of a tall flower stalk. A tall stout flower stalk, resembling a huge candelabrum, growing from center of a compact rosette of thick, rigid, narrowly lanceolate, grayish-green leaves. The plant blooms only once, after which the several-year-old agave dies.
Century plants such as this provided Native Americans in the Southwest with food, beverages, fiber, soap, medicine, and lances.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , NM Native Distribution:
NM, s. AZ & Sonora Native Habitat:
Rocky, open slopes; 3500 to 7500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Considered easy to grow and somewhat frost-hardy.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Tohono Chul Park, Inc.
- Tucson, AZ
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff