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Octopus Agave

Octopus Agave

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Agaves
Plant Height: 4-5 feet
Spread: 6-8 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Agave vilmoriniana, commonly referred to as Octopus Agave, gets its name from the long, curving leaves that resemble the tentacles of an octopus. The leaves are a pale green color and are smooth-edged, lacking the sharp spines found on many other agave species. This unique leaf formation gives the plant a soft, undulating appearance, making it a popular choice for ornamental landscaping.

Native to the rocky hillsides of Western Mexico, Octopus Agave is well-suited to arid and semi-arid climates. It is highly drought-tolerant and thrives in well-drained soils, making it an ideal plant for xeriscaping and Mediterranean-style gardens. Its size and distinctive form also make it suitable for large container gardening, where it can be a dramatic focal point.

Octopus Agave requires minimal maintenance once established. It prefers full sun exposure, which helps maintain its vigorous growth and unique leaf shape. In hotter climates, some afternoon shade can be beneficial to prevent potential leaf scorch.

The flowering of Octopus Agave is a rare and significant event. The plant produces a tall flower spike, which can reach up to 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) in height, featuring bright yellow flowers. This blooming attracts various pollinators and signifies the end of the plant's life cycle. However, before dying, it typically produces offsets or "pups" that can be replanted.

In summary, the Octopus Agave is a fascinating and low-maintenance plant that adds a distinctive, sculptural quality to any garden. Its drought tolerance, combined with its unique form, makes it a highly desirable species for creating visually impactful and water-wise garden designs.

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