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Products > Agave filifera
Agave filifera - Thread-leaf Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave filifera (Thread-edge Agave) - A beautiful compact clustering plant to 3 feet wide with few offsets, each rosette growing to about a foot tall by 15 to 24 inches wide by each 6 inch to 1 foot wide. The leaves are mid-green leaves, broadest toward their middle and with striking white filaments along the margins, white bud markings on the leaf surfaces and sharp grayish terminal spined that are flat on top and rounded below. Plants are most attractive when water stressed in full sun as the leaves will often have shades of red. The non-branching flower spikes are 6 to 8 feet tall with reddish-green flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade with occasional to little irrigation. Hardy to 15-20F. This plant grows naturally in the Mexican state of Queretaro, where it can be found at 8,000 to 8,500 feet growing in rocky soils. The specific epithet comes from the Greek and Latin word meaning composed of or bearing thread-like structures in reference to the leaf margins.  The information about Agave filifera displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.