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Agave utahensis (Utah agave)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Agave utahensis

Utah agave

Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)

USDA Symbol: AGUT

USDA Native Status:

Tall, narrow spikes of yellow flowers arise from basal leaves.
Leaves: blades 14 long, narrow; with terminal spine, lateral prickles; form rosettes.

Utilized for food and as source of the beverage mescal by Native Americans.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf: Dark Green
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Native Habitat: Canyons, rocky slopes (generally limestone) in mixed shrub to pinyon-juniper communities.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Agave utahensis is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Mojave Giant-Skipper
(Agathymus alliae)

Larval Host
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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Bibliography

Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Agave utahensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Agave utahensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Agave utahensis

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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