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Rough Agave, Maguey Cenizo, Rough Leaved Agave
Agave scabra (A. asperrima)


Agave scabra is a medium- to large-sized plant that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Its gray leaves are very spiny and have a characteristic roughness that lends it its common name. It grows on sandy and calcareous soils in the southwestern Rio Grande Plains. As it matures it develops many "pups" or offsets which will replace the main rosette, which dies after blooming.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: capsule

Height: 3 to 5 feet / 13 - 20 feet with flower

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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