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Sharkskin Agave

Sharkskin Agave

Regular price $38.50 USD
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Plant Type: Agaves
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Spread: 3-5 feet
Flower Color: dark-red or burgundy
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Agave 'Sharkskin' is a hybrid, combining traits of Agave victoriae-reginae and Agave scabra, resulting in a plant with a unique appearance. The leaves are thick, wide, and have a rough texture resembling shark skin, hence the name. They are a dark green to blue-green color and have a smooth margin, ending in a sharp terminal spine.

This agave's dramatic foliage and moderate size make it a popular choice for ornamental gardening. It adds a bold, architectural element to rock gardens, succulent collections, and as a striking standalone specimen in both in-ground and container gardens.

Sharkskin Agave is adapted to arid conditions and requires well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant and thrives with minimal watering, making it suitable for xeriscaping and water-efficient gardening.

The flowering of Sharkskin Agave is an infrequent event. When it does flower, the plant produces a tall, dramatic spike, often reaching several feet in height, adorned with dark red or burgundy flowers. This event attracts various pollinators but signifies the end of the plant's life cycle. However, before dying, it typically produces offsets or "pups," which can be replanted.

Overall, Agave 'Sharkskin' is a low-maintenance, visually appealing plant that adds a sculptural element to landscapes and gardens. Its unique texture, leaf formation, and drought tolerance make it a valuable addition to gardens in dry, sunny climates.

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