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Agave Attenuata in Flower

13 August 2009 2 Comments

Agave Attenuata flowering This magnificent agave attenuata was thrown out at my local rubbish tip or waste transfer centre as they to call it. Fortunately the workers there rescued the plant and gave it a home.

This agave is still sending up the flower stalk and the flowers have not yet opened. I took this photo at the beginning of July and will post updates every couple of months. This plant will keep flowering for a year or more.

Here’s what wikipdedia has to say about agave attenuata.
A species of agave sometimes known as the “lion’s tail”, “swan’s neck”, or “foxtail” for its development of a curved stem, unusual among agaves. Native to the plateau of central Mexico, as one of the unarmed agaves, it is popular as an ornamental plant in gardens.

The stems typically range from 50 to 150 cm (20–60 in) in length, and eventually old leaves fall off, leaving them naked and visible. The leaves are ovate-accuminate, 50–70 cm (20–28 in) long and 12–16 cm (5–6 in) wide, pale in color, ranging from a light gray to a light yellowish green. There are no teeth, nor terminal spines, although the leaves taper to points that fray with age. The inflorescence is a dense raceme 2.5 to 3 meters (8 to 10 ft) high, with greenish-yellow flowers.

The original specimens were sent to Kew by the explorer Galeotti in 1834, from an unspecified location in central Mexico. More recent study has reported it from Jalisco east to Mexico, in small colonies at elevations of 1,900 to 2,500 meters (6,200 to 8,200 ft), but there have been few sightings, suggesting this agave is rare in the wild.


  • david said:

    I have a “lion’s tail”, “swan’s neck”, or “foxtail” in my frount yard in Brisbane Queensland if you would like a photo of it send me a email



  • Sherrill Strothman said:

    I have an agave attenuata currently producing a stalk for flowering.
    The stalk length is going on 8 feet. The mother plant is 6’8″ from ground to beginning stalk. If you would like pictures just email me. The location is Simi Valley, California.
    Sherrill Strothman

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