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How to Grow Agave attenuata Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Lions Tail

Lions tail

Agave Attenuata Cerulata photograph by Juan Ignacio 1976.


Quick Agave attenuata Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Agave attenuata
  • Common Name: Lions tail
  • Growing Zone (USA): 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle/Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 48
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom: Year-round
  • Color of Bloom: White
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green, Silvery, Yellow
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Adaptable, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well draine
  • Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: From Cuttings
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests:
  • Diseases:

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best used in: Container, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Entices birdlife to the garden, Attractive foliage, North American native, Some parts are poisonous, Periodic blooms, Blooms are very showy
  • Genus Detail: Agave
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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