Agave filifera

Agave filifera

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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Thread agave

Synonyms:

Agave filamentosa, Agave filifera var. adornata, Agave filifera var. filamentosa, Agave filifera var. pannosa, Agave pseudofilifera, Bonapartea filamentosa

Etymology:

Agave: from the Greek agauos (admirable)
Filifera: from the Latin filum (thread) and ferre (to carry, to bear)

Origin:

Mexico

Habitat:

Cliffs, 1.000-1200 m altitude



Hardiness:

USDA zone 9-11

Care:

Soil:

Well drained sandy soil, poor in humus

Exposure:

Sun

Water:

Water regularly during the growing season but avoid stagnant water. Water sparingly in winter.

Feed:

Cactus fertilizer weekly during growing season, nothing in the winter.

Repotting:

This plant develops an important root system. Check annually whether the roots turn around in the pot and the substrate has almost entirely disappeared.

Propagation:

Offsets, in spring or autumn

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