Agave Vilmoriniana | Octopus Agave
Agave Vilmoriniana | Octopus Agave
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Agave Vilmoriniana | Octopus Agave

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Agave vilmoriniana is a graceful succulent that forms a solitary rosette of narrow gray-green leaves that curve upwards near the base and then backward near the tip, creating an octopus-like shape, hence the common name "Octopus Agave." The rosette grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and 6.6 feet (2 m) in diameter. Leaves are 3 feet (90 cm) long and 4 inches (10 cm) wide, deeply channeled with very finely serrated margins, tapering to a relatively soft terminal spine.

At the end of its life, after 7 to 15 years, the rosette produces a dense, up to 15 feet (4.5 m) tall raceme of yellow flowers, usually from spring to summer. The flowers are followed by seed pods and numerous bulbils borne in the axils of the bracteoles.

Source: World of Succulents