Agave cactus plants. Agave genus agave genus of the some 200 species of the family asparagaceae formerly agavaceae native to arid and semiarid regions of the americas particularly mexico and the caribbean. Large agaves are strong background plants planted with smaller slower growing species in the foreground but not so close to walkways that they can cause injury to passersby. The flowers are bell shaped and long lasting in. Along with aloe and opuntia cactus agaves add structure to the mediterranean or the drought tolerant garden with the added benefit of being fire resistant.
When the plant matures a tall flower stalk grows out of the plants center. Agaves are all stemless or nearly so with strappy succulent leaves that end in sharp points. Types of cacti agave and more. Foliage tends toward a blue green in hardier varieties.
Also known as verschaffelt agave this plant hails from the partial desert areas in mexico between puebla and oaxaca. Only 2 feet in diameter this beauty is petite enough for any garden. Broad blue gray leaves with reddish spine tips offer a striking contrast to smaller agaves and red echeveria varieties.