What can you plant in Phoenix that will thrive in 115 degrees, full sun, and hardly needs any water? Agave! You don’t need a green thumb, just plant it, offer it a little water once a week until it’s established – and forget it.

They have wicked sharp points at the end of their leaves, but I just snip off the thorns  so the dogs and me are safe around them.

My Agave Garden. These Agaves are 6 years old.

Agaves are succulent plants with literally hundreds of varieties. One of the most striking characteristics of the Agaves is their symmetric beauty. Most of the Agaves are rosettes of thick, hard, and often very rigid leaves. The leaves are equipped with teeth along their margin and a sharp terminal spine. They are thought to be pollinated primarily by bats, insects, and hummingbirds.

Most species of Agave are monocarpic; meaning the plants die after flowering and producing fruit. My personal experience suggests their life span to be approximately 8 years. The best thing about the Agaves is they  produce offspring, a lot!  You can easily dig up their babies and replant them someplace else any time of year. They also do very well in large pots, just make sure there is adequate drainage.

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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10 Responses to Agave

  1. The best thing about Agave’s is they make excellent Tequila. Pretty, certainly, but it’s the Tequila that makes it. 🙂

  2. Those sharp points were used by both Indians and cowboys to suture wounds. If you pull out the ‘needle’ a long fibrous string comes out with it. Perfect for stitching wounds up. 🙂 …plus they make good tequila! Here in Fl. Agave plants are used as burglar barriers. You cannot penetrate a wall of these. Mine are about 7′ tall.

  3. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Amazing how they live and look so beautiful in that kind of heat and dryness. Hugs

  4. We’re thinking of putting agaves in our backyard. 🙂 You just can’t kill those things!

  5. bulldogsturf says:

    Have plenty around in South Africa as well.. lovely photos…

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