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Agave geminiflora - Twin-flowered Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
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
Summer Dry: 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.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Agave geminiflora.