Pronounciation: A-GA-ve cry-SAN-tha
Landscape Use: Medium-sized agave for large desert landscape spaces away from pedestrian traffic.
Form & Character: Basal, rounded and upright, strong, sharp and unfriendly.
Growth Habit: Moderate growth habit; solitary succulent rosette, 3 feet and 5 feet wide.
Foliage/texture: Rosettes grayish green relatively narrow, stiff and upright, strap-shaped leaves that are straight to undulate. Always well armed with pronounced teeth on the leaf margins that are brown to gray in color and are either straight, reflexed or deflexed; very coarse texture.
Flowers & fruits: Produces a towering 6 to 12 feet flower panicle with congested (clusters of hundreds) yellow to golden yellow flowers having a noticeable musky coconut aroma at full anthesis.
Seasonal color: Flowers once before mother plant death. Flowering time is usually May to August.
Temperature: Very tolerant of lower desert conditions.
Light: Full sun
Soil: Any soil type, but thrives best if soils are well-drained.
Watering: Limited to no supplemental irrigation is required for this desert agave.
Propagation: Seed, bubiles and division of basal offsets.
Disease and pests: Quite susceptible to the Agave snout weevil in Phoenix.
Additional comments: This is a medium large agave with stout foliage that is best used away from areas of any human traffic. Otherwise, this is one of the most heat tolerant Agaves for the lower desert landscapes. Agave chrysantha is known to hybridize with A. murpheyi, A. palmeri, A. parryi and A. delamateri.