Agave attenuata


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Agave attenuata, commonly known as the fox tail agave, lion’s tail, or swan’s neck agave, is a popular species of agave that is notable for its attractive rosette of broad, soft, and pliable leaves. Unlike many other agave species, it lacks the sharp spines and teeth, making it a more garden-friendly option.


  1. Leaves: The leaves of Agave attenuata are broad, soft, and pliable with a smooth edge, forming a dense rosette. They are typically a pale green to blue-green color and can grow up to 28 inches long.
  2. Flowers: This agave is known for its dramatic flowering spike, which can grow up to 10 feet tall. The spike curves and bends, resembling a fox’s tail, and produces greenish-yellow flowers. The plant blooms once (monocarpic) and then dies, though it often produces offsets (pups) that continue to grow.
  3. Size: Mature plants form rosettes that can be 4-5 feet in diameter.

Growth and Habitat

  1. Native Habitat: Agave attenuata is native to central Mexico, where it grows in rocky, well-drained soils.
  2. Climate: It thrives in warm, dry climates and is well-suited to USDA hardiness zones 9-11. It can tolerate light frosts but prefers to be protected from severe cold.

Care and Cultivation

  1. Light: Prefers full sun to light shade. In very hot climates, some afternoon shade can prevent leaf scorch.
  2. Watering: Requires well-drained soil and should be watered sparingly. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
  3. Soil: Prefers sandy or gravelly soil that mimics its natural habitat. Good drainage is essential.
  4. Temperature: While it can tolerate light frosts, it prefers temperatures above 50°F (10°C).
  5. Fertilizing: Does not require much feeding. A light application of a balanced fertilizer in the growing season can promote growth.


  1. Offsets (Pups): Agave attenuata produces offsets around the base of the plant. These can be separated and replanted.
  2. Seed: It can also be propagated from seed, but this is less common due to the long time required for seedlings to mature.

Benefits and Uses

  1. Ornamental: Agave attenuata is widely used in landscaping for its striking appearance and architectural form. It is suitable for gardens, rockeries, and container planting.
  2. Low Maintenance: Its drought tolerance and minimal care requirements make it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and low-water gardens.

Common Issues

  1. Overwatering: Excessive watering can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. Ensure the soil drains well and water sparingly.
  2. Pests: It is relatively pest-resistant but can occasionally be affected by snails, slugs, and scale insects.
  3. Sunburn: In extremely hot climates, the leaves can get sunburned if exposed to too much direct sunlight without acclimatization.


Agave attenuata, with its soft, spineless leaves and stunning flower spike, is an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners looking to add a touch of desert beauty to their landscapes. Its ease of care and dramatic appearance make it a favorite among agave species

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35-40 CM


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