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Agave filifera (Thread agave)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Agave filifera

Other names

Thread agave

Genus

Agave Agave

Species

A. filifera - A. filifera is a stoloniferous perennial succulent, forming rosettes of rigid, fleshy, dark green leaves, with white thread margins and spiny brown tips, and tall funnel-shaped green yellow flowers in late summer and autumn.


Agave filifera is: Evergreen

Habit

Multi-stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow, Green in Summer; Yellow, Green in Autumn

Foliage

Variegated, Dark-green, White in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

Diseases

Vulnerable to chlorosis resulting from magnesium deficiency.

General care

Propagation methods

Offsets


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Where to grow

Agave filifera (Thread agave) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Indoor, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in cactus compost, in bright, filtered light. Water moderately when in growth and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Agave filifera

Other names

Thread agave

Genus

Agave Agave

Species

A. filifera - A. filifera is a stoloniferous perennial succulent, forming rosettes of rigid, fleshy, dark green leaves, with white thread margins and spiny brown tips, and tall funnel-shaped green yellow flowers in late summer and autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Multi-stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow, Green in Summer; Yellow, Green in Autumn

Foliage

Variegated, Dark-green, White in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects

Diseases

Vulnerable to chlorosis resulting from magnesium deficiency.

General care

Propagation methods

Offsets


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Agave filifera (Thread agave) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Indoor, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in cactus compost, in bright, filtered light. Water moderately when in growth and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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