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Agave pedunculifera - Durango Soft Agave

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave attentuata ssp. Dentata]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Agave pedunculifera - A graceful plant that forms mostly solitary rosettes to 4 feet wide with broad lance-shaped olive to bluish-green soft leaves that recurve back. It is very similar to Agave attenuata but less upright, only forms a trunk with considerable age and has leaves that have small soft teeth (minutely denticulate) along the leaf margins with a narrow pointed tip that appears sharp, but is soft and bends easily. Plant in full sun to shade in a well-drained soil with regular to occasional irrigation. Should prove hardy to around 28 F but further testing is required. This plant comes from the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit and Jalisco, where it can be found growing along sheer cliff faces of rocks that are of volcanic origin. We first admired this plant in the Santa Barbara garden of Jeff Chemnick where it was growing in the shade of a Dracaena draco. Our plants from seed provided to us by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden and from plants from Greg Starr of Starr Nursery in Tucson Arizona. This plant is closely related to Agave vazquezgarciae from which it differs by having shorter inflorescence, smaller flowers and broader and softer leaves without a stout terminal spine. This plant was recently (2006) reclassified by Bernd Ullrich as Agave attenuata subspecies dentata but we continue to list it under the name we received it until such time as this name becomes more widely used.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Agave pedunculifera.