Growing Zones: 4-7 patio / 8-11 outdoors(hardy down to 20℉) 4-7 patio / 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 4-6 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8 - 10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Agave americana
- Does Not Ship To:
The Nation's Most Drought Tolerant Plant
Blue American Agaves first originated in dry areas of Mexico and are now becoming popular all over America, up to growing zone 8 when planted outdoors. They will adapt to dry, sandy soils and thrive in droughts, extreme heat and humidity.
No matter what type of soil you have, sandy and rocky or heavy with clay the American Blue Agave will adapt to it without a fuss and bring unique beauty to your landscape with a variety of ornamental functions, including use as ground covers or in rock gardens.
The Blue American Agave is most known for its large, thick and fleshy leaves that stem from a central crown and arch over towards the ends. They have an unforgettable blue green hue that sets them apart from other plants, and exotic spikey teeth on the edges.
It’s very common to plant Blue American Agaves in containers to use them as accent pieces for porches and patios. When used to frame entryways their blue green hue gives homes an inviting and charming look.
If you live in a colder area than growing zone 8, simply plant your Agave in a pot and bring it indoors once the weather gets cold. Its energetic leaves and vibrant color will keep you company all winter long.
They can be used as focal points in the garden to draw attention or as the center of attention and pairs great with other plants. They’re also commonly used as border rows, and by growing 4 to 6 feet tall they become large enough to be used as a privacy hedge or to hide unsightly objects like AC units.
The Blue American Agave is a succulent, so it stores water in its leaves to use when it needs a drink, meaning this plant essentially takes care of itself, leaving little to no maintenance for you.
Customer Reviews & Photos
- shopping experience
- Clemson Univ
- Inspection sticker
,Great experience. I was very impressed with the packing as well as the quality and health of the plant. Nice to have the Clemson Univ. Inspection sticker as well. Very impressed with my shopping experience as well as my beautiful Agave.
Good size specimen. Can't wait till it grows up! Arrived a bit messy but it has recovered. Still waiting to place it. I want it to be a central piece by my pool.
Pleased with plant but need better shipping containers!
I love my Agava plant. I only wish they had used a better shaped box in shipping as some of the leaves were bent and broken when I received it.
So pleased I ordered this. Hard to find locally! Thank you.
Plant arrived in good condition considering the type of plant it is. I planted it two weeks after it arrived because the weather turned cold and constant rain but it is growing nicely. Very happy with this plant.
I'm sorry to say my agave is dead. It arrived almost out of the pot and with four leaves broken off. I
Planting & Care
Blue American Agave (Agave Americana) is most known for its large, thick, fleshy attractive leaves that stem from a central crown and arch over toward the ends. They have an unforgettable blue green hue that’s quite exotic looking with the spiky teeth along the edges. The agave performs best in USDA growing zones 8-11 outdoors and 4-7 on the patio (or potted). Blue American Agave are slow growers, maturing to a height of 4-6 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide.
Location: When planting Blue American Agave, find a location that offers full sun. This plant can adapt to a wide variety of soil type as long as it drains well.
Planting Instructions (in ground):
1) Dig your hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Blue American Agave and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When finished, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.
Planting Instructions (potted): Blue American Agave can also be successfully grown in containers. They require more grit in the soil and can als be planted in a cactus mix. Adding small pebbles or rocks to the soil will increase the drainage capabilities of the container.
1) When selecting a container for your Blue American Agave, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be at least 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.
2) A good potting sandy soil should be find for filing in the open space, try to leave a small space from the top of the rim for watering.
3) Choose a location on the patio, back yard, or front/side of the house providing it will receive full sun.
4) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny widow and water as needed. Avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from a window or vent.
Watering (in ground): Your Blue American Agave will need light watering depending upon the heat and season. Typically about 1-2 times weekly will be good but allow the plant to dry out in between watering.
Watering (potted): Stick your finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is some moisture present, leave it be until the soil dries a bit more.
Fertilizing: They will benefit from the application of a granulated time release fertilizer in spring that will provide their nutrient needs for the season.
Pruning: The Agave requires no pruning.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$99+||Free Shipping with code OCT99|