Century plant


Agave x ‘Cornelius’ Quasimodo Agave, Cornelius Agave

Ruler icon 2'-3' high x 2'-4' wide

Sun icon Full to part sun

Thermometer icon USDA Zone 9-12

Quasimodo is distinctively colored with more gold than green and boasts the unusual feature of wavy or undulating leaf edges. Staying fairly small but often having a clumping growth habit, this plant can be utilized in many landscapes. Like other types, the leaves are armed with marginal teeth and a sharp, stiff terminal spine that deserve respect. They are a small to modestly sized Agave, only growing up to about 3 ft., which makes them quite suitable and attractive for container culture. Tolerating some shade or filtered sunlight, they are a popular variety to use as understory plants below many of our commonly used desert trees.

Agave x ‘Sharkskin’ Sharkskin Agave

Ruler icon 1.5-2 ft. high & wide

Sun icon Full to part sun

Thermometer icon USDA zones 9-11

These Chihuahuan desert native agaves form distinctive, tight ball-shaped rosettes with short, thick, and rigid triangular toothless leaves of dark green with white bud imprint on upper and lower leaf surfaces. They look like an artichoke. Each leaf does have a short, sharp terminal spine, but they are mostly smooth as Agaves goes. They are slow growing but dependable in well-drained soils for full sun to part sun locations. They work well in containers, planted in masses, or simply mixed with other desert accents or perennials.

Agave X. ‘Blue Ember’ Blue Ember Agave

Ruler icon 3' high x 2' wide

Sun icon Full sun

Thermometer icon USDA Zone 9 / 25F

This spectacular hybrid has striking blue foliage with red-orange edges that taper down to sharp black points. Drought tolerant, the Blue Ember Agave is cold hardy to freezing as well as heat loving.

Agave X. ‘Blue Flame’ Blue Flame Agave

Ruler icon 2'-3' high x 2'-3' wide

Sun icon Filtered sun / Partial shade

Thermometer icon USDA Zone 9 / 25F

Blue Flame Agave is named for its soft, waxy blue-green, smooth edged, vertical growing leaves. Happy as an under planting beneath trees or large shrubs. Blue Flame can, with time, form a large clumping mass.