Agave attenuata Salm-Dyck
Fox Tail Agave, Fox Tail, Lion's Tail, Swan's Neck, Gooseneck Succulent, Elephant's Trunk, Spineless Century Plant, Soft Leaved Agave, Dragon Tree Agave
Agave cernua, Agave glaucescens, Agave pruinosa
Bloom Time: Summer
Agave attenuata is a succulent perennial that forms rosettes of broad pale green leaves. The rosettes grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) in diameter. Leaves are pliable, ovate-acuminate, up to 28 inches (70 cm) long, and up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide. The inflorescence is a dense, up to 10 feet (3 m) tall raceme with greenish-yellow flowers.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Gardeners can plant Fox Tail Agave directly in the ground or a container. Pots and planters are easy to move around gardens that have changing light conditions. When planting the Agave in the ground, homeowners should choose an area that gets plenty of sunlight.
Gardeners should make a hole about the same depth as the container the Fox Tail Agave originally came in. This keeps from shocking the plant. Once it is in the ground, gardeners should pat fill dirt lightly around the plant and water it well. The same rules apply to containers or ground plots.
Fox Tail Agave is a sturdy plant that tolerates both under and over-watering well. For optimal growth, Fox Tail Agave needs a thorough watering once a week during warm weather, particularly if it receives full sunlight.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
This species is native to Mexico.
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