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.
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.
amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch