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Agave geminiflora - Twin-flowered Agave
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave angustissima]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave geminiflora (Twin-flowered Agave) - This unique agave has narrow, dark green unarmed leaves that are very flexible. These leaves, which often number in the 100's, cascade from the center of the plant forming a dense rounded rosette to 2 to 3 feet tall by as wide. When plants mature they will initiate flowers which are formed in pairs on an unbranched spike that rises 8 to 10 feet. Plant in full sun along coast and part sun to light shade in hot inland gardens. Drought resistant, but looks better with some summer watering. Hardy to 25 F. Although this species is noted to not produce offsets, we have observed that as the main plant dies after flowering, a few new suckers occasionally emerge from within the old foliage. We have grown our plants from seed collected from plants flowering in the garden. The species name 'geminiflora', meaning "twin flowered" is in reference to the flower pairs. The native habitat of Agave geminiflora is oak woodlands at 3,000 to 4,000 feet in the Nayarit, Mexico. A great plant in a large container. Similar to Agave filifera ssp multifilifera but Agave geminiflora has more rounded leaves and fewer hairs on the leaf margins. Selections have been made of this species that have fiberous silvery hairs that curl back along the margins. We grow one such plant under the name Agave geminiflora (Threadleaf form) but actually prefer the clean look of the form that does not have these hairs.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave geminiflora.
 
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