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Fox Tail Agave

Fox Tail Agave

  • ​Common Name: Fox Tail Agave (other common names: lion’s tail, swan’s neck, dragon tree agave, elephant’s trunk, gooseneck succulent, soft-leafed agave, spineless century plant and foxtail)
  • Scientific Name: Agave attenuta
  • Family Name: Asparagaceae
  • Origin: Mexico
  • Height: 2’ – 3’
  • Width: 3’ – 4’
  • Growth: slow;y
  • Zone: 10 - 12
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Part shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  unknown
  • Soil/PH/Texture: happy with sandy/rocky soils,
  • Soil Moisture: medium, regular watering, plant leaves will shrivel in dry conditions, but will revive when given moisture.
  • Drought Tolerance: moderate (mature plants)
  • Pests/Diseases: No serious pests or diseases.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and medium maintenance
  • Characteristics: rosette of attractive leaves that are spineless, ovate, light gray-yellowish-green up to 28” long. Suckers form at the base of the rosette forming a colony of rosettes. It rarely flowers and only once in its lifetime, the blooms are very unique and showy, green and white, and appear on a 5’ – 10’ usually drooping flower stem at about 10 years of age. Flowers are followed by seed pods.
  • Propagation: by offsets
  • Wildlife: deer resistant
  • Facts: sap from their leaves and inflorescence may be mildly poisonous to pets and children.
  • Designer Considerations: use as an interesting tropical accent or specimen, as a border plant, in mass plantings or in a rock, succulent or cactus garden.
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