Agave utahensis Engelm.
Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)
USDA Symbol: AGUT
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf: Dark Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Agave utahensis is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Mojave Giant-Skipper |
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Agave utahensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Agave utahensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff