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Schott's Agave, Schott's Century Plant
Use this tough little Agave in hot dry regions where few small ornamentals will survive. This species is native to southern Arizona and New Mexico, extending southward into Sonora, Mexico. It has an informal, scruffy look and maintains a cast iron nature in rocky infertile ground. The leaves contain saponifiers and were harvested by indigenous people for soap.
Schott's Agave tends to spread and form colonies. Each rosette is dense and irregularly shaped with linear, upright leaves tipped with wicked spines. The toothless leaves have fibers along the edges that slough off and curl as the plants age. The offsets may be severed and easily rooted as new plants. After about twenty years, each rosette will bloom once and die. The golden flowers appear in branched clusters atop a tall spike.
Though not as graphically beautiful as more symmetrical Agave with open rosettes, the value of Schott's agave cannot be overlooked as a filler plant for dry, sunny landscapes. Its tendency to spread coupled with the ability to thrive in shallow rocky ground offers a problem solver for rugged foundations, rock walls and sloped gardens.
10 - 1
9 - 10
2b, 3a, 3b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Cactus or Succulent
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm
30"-40" / 76.2cm - 101.6cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Southwestern United States, Mexico
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Alpine, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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