Español  English  

Consulta Plantas

Gardening and plant care since 2001

Find plants

Care of the plant Agave attenuata or Foxtail agave.

Care of the succulent plant Agave attenuata or Foxtail agave

The Agave genus, a subfamily of the Agavoideae, comprises some 300 species of succulent plants native to Mexico, Central America and the Southwest of the USA. Some species are: Agave attenuata, Agave americana, Agave stricta, Agave potatorum, Agave victoria-reginae, Agave striata, Agave ferox, Agave filifera, Agave macroacantha, Agave sisalana, Agave bracteosa, Agave ferdinandi-regis, Agave impressaAgave shawii, Agave parrasana, Agave parryi, Agave angustifolia, Agave guadalajaranaAgave vilmorinianaAgave univittataAgave lechuguillaAgave datylio.

Common names: Lion's tail, Swan's neck, Foxtail agave. This species is native to Jalisco, Mexico.

They are succulent plants with short trunks that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height when they do not flower. The attractive teal or lime green leaves are spineless. These plants die after flowering, which can take many years to produce, although they produce suckers at the base. The flower stems, covered in greenish-yellow flowers, are up to 3 meters (9.84 feet) tall.

Lion's tail is a low maintenance plant that are used in pots, rockeries, borders, as isolated specimens or to cover dry slopes.

Agave attenuata prefers full sun exposure but can be grown in half shade. They don't like the cold although they can tolerate some light frost.

Foxtail agave needs normal well-drained garden soil with coarse sand although they can grow in poor, dry soil.

Irrigation will be moderate (wait until the soil has dried) all year round and in winter it will be removed.

Swan's neck appreciates a fertilization with compost in summer and another with mineral fertilizer for cacti in spring.

Agave attenuata does not need pruning.

Foxtail agave is resistant to pests but sensitive to excess irrigation.

Propagation is made from seeds sown in spring or from the shoots that the plant itself produces.

Images of the succulent plant Agave attenuata or Foxtail agave

Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata