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Marcus, Joseph A.
Agave univittata Haw.
Maguey mezortillo, Thorncrest century plant
Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)
Synonym(s): Agave heteracantha, Agave lophantha, Agave mckelveyana
USDA Symbol: AGUN2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun
DistributionUSA: TX Native Habitat: Agave lophantha
grows in dry, well drained, rocky soil. It is found in the Rio Grande Plains and has naturalized into central Texas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Conditions Comments:
Agaves bloom typically every 8 to 20 years. The plant produces a single flower
stalk 10 feet tall during the spring or summer and then dies. Colonies are maintained by pups or offsets that grow from the base of parent plants. Agaves can be grown from seed or from transplanting offsets. Agave lophantha
has an attractive dark green rosette
typically with a lighter green midstripe. Placement in the garden requires carefull consideration because of sharp spines along the leaf edges.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
PropagationPropagation Material: Clump Division
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Drought-tolerant shrub for privacy screen
November 23, 2007
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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:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: BJG, MWJ, JSC