Scientific: Agave weberi
Common: Weber agave, maguey liso
Family: Asparagaceae (subfamily Agavoideae)
Origin: The distribution of A. weberi is presently determined by human activity. Its original native range has been damaged. It is believed to have originated in northeastern Mexico (San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas), but is now naturalized in Texas and Florida in the United States and in the Northern Provinces in South Africa.

Pronounciation: A-GA-ve WEB-er-eye

Hardiness zones
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Strong accent or focal point for large desert gardens and xeric landscape design themes.

Form & Character: Evergreen perennial, imposing and large; produces copious numbers of basal offshoots.

Growth Habit: Moderately fast growth rate to 6 to 8 feet in height, broad rosetting habit with multiple basal offshoots, monocarpic (individual rosettes die after flowering).

Foliage/texture: Large, succulent gray green leaves, sometimes curved or reflexed with a finely serrate margin. Leaves taper to a sharp point; very coarse texture.

Flowers & fruits: Produces a striking 20 feet tall branched scape with multiple clusters of yellow flowers after which the flowering plant dies, occasionally produces bulbils instead of flowers.

Seasonal color: None except when flowering.

Temperature: Subject to freeze injury if temperatures fall much below 25oF.

Light: Full sun, though some protection of intense western sun is best.

Soil: Sandy, some loam, well-drained best.

Watering: Some supplemental water only occasionally during the summer. Supplemental water increases growth rate.

Pruning: Some may consider tip pruning spiny leaf apexes

Propagation: Division of basal offshoots.

Disease and pests: Agave snout weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus) will attack several agave species including the Weber agave in the low desert of Arizona. The agave weevil will cause weber agave to die and rot. The stench from the rotting cortex is overwheling.

Additional comments: The Weber agave is a very handsome LARGE agave for large desert gardens only. It's a good substitute for the more dangerous A. americana.

Big Plant Alert: Please avoid planting Weber agave in small spaces as it will quickly become too large.