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Agave palmeri

Palmer's Century Plant / Palmer's Agave

Agave palmeri is the largest species of agave in the United States. The green or bluish green foliage are nearly 3 feet long. They grow upward and outwards to create a large plant several feet across. Closely-spaced, red-tipped teeth run along the edges, the tip is reddish brown and 2 inches long. It flowers only once with a tall stem and yellowish green flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bats. 

Benefits

  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • They also attract bats and other beneficial insects
  • Interesting blue-gray-green evergreen foliage
  • Drought tolerant and very low maintenance
  • Terrific in decorative containers

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in a lean, well-drained soil where it will get plenty of sun and heat.


Height
3-4 ft

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Spread
4-6 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-9

Native Range

Found in grassland, oak woodland, mountain foothills, well drained soils, between 3,000 and 6,000 feet elevation.

Native Trivia

Century plants such as this provided Native Americans in the Southwest with food, beverages, fiber, soap, medicine, and lances.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Desert
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Gray-green
Uses
Accent
Container
Drought tolerant
Evergreen
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Arizona
New Mexico