Pronounciation: A-GA-ve schi-di-GER-a
USDA 8-10 (arid regions only)
Landscape Use: Specimen, accent, container/patio pot plant, xeric or desert landscapes. Maguey looks excellent when clustered into groups in a landscape setting.
Form & Character: Small, visually interesting to captivating, sharp and rounding, rigid, dangerous, symmetrical, compact.
Growth Habit: Maguey grow slowly by producing a basal rosette of leaves to a maximum height of 2 feet with equal or slightly greater spread, monocarpic.
Foliage/texture: A mature maguey specimen can have upward of 100 succuluent leaves per rosette, each leaf is dark green with white striped markings and terminate in a sharp inflexible tip, leaf margins are fibrous and also occasionally curve upwards; medium coarse texture.
Flowers & fruits: Mature maguey produce a flower spike 7 to 12 feet tall with yellow, orange red, to dark purple flowers (looks somewhat similar to A. geminiflora flowers). Maguey produces a tall flower stalk with a myriad of small yellow for the size of the plant.
Seasonal color: Determinate flowers during late summer through winter.
Temperature: Tolerant, some heat stress above 110oF, freezes below 15oF. Foliage will redden during winter cold, but will return to dark green during spring when the weather warms.
Light: Light, filtered shade from western sun in Phoenix is best.
Soil: Well-drained soil is required.
Watering: Being an upland agave, maguey does best if given supplemental water during summer months. Otherwise, leave dry during winter months.
Propagation: Propagate by sowing fresh seed. Otherwise, if basal offshoots are present, then division of rhizomes (offshoots), allow cut surface to callous over before direct planting.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Maguey is a stunning agave for small 'up close' landscape spaces. By far, the cultivar 'Durango Delight' (named by Starr Nursery in Texas) is the best and is most easily recognized small agave by its very small, symmetrical shape and dark green, sword like leaves which have distinctive white markings and white marginal fibers.