Agave filifera or Thread Agave is a beautiful succulent with threads bearing leaves.
It is an easy houseplant that can be placed outdoors in the summer.
Provide at least 10 °C in the winter.
Agave filifera is a succulent plant that forms a rosette of 40-50 of high and 50-60 cm in diameter. It produces suckers, forming lumps.
The leaves are green, lance-shaped, 15-30 cm long and 2-4 cm wide. The terminal spine is 1-2 cm long, greyish, flattened at the top and rounded at the bottom.
The inflorescence is a tapered spike of 2 m high, densely covered with flowers and long bracts in the upper half. The yellow flowers are 30-35 mm long, on thick short stalks.
Agave filamentosa, Agave filifera var. adornata, Agave filifera var. filamentosa, Agave filifera var. pannosa, Agave pseudofilifera, Bonapartea filamentosa
Agave: from the Greek agauos (admirable)
Filifera: from the Latin filum (thread) and ferre (to carry, to bear)
Cliffs, 1.000-1200 m altitude
USDA zone 9-11
Well drained sandy soil, poor in humus
Water regularly during the growing season but avoid stagnant water. Water sparingly in winter.
Cactus fertilizer weekly during growing season, nothing in the winter.
This plant develops an important root system. Check annually whether the roots turn around in the pot and the substrate has almost entirely disappeared.
Offsets, in spring or autumn
- Agave filifera: Own work