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How to Grow Agave attenuata Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Lions Tail

Agave attenuata, also known as the Fox Tail Agave, is part of the Asparagaceae family. Other names for this plant are Swan's Neck and Lion's Tail, all thanks to its curved yellow flower.

The plant is native to central Mexico, but today can also be commonly found around the Mediterranean and in the Canary Islands.

This plant is a great addition to rock gardens, beds, or succulent gardens.

Lions tail
Agave Attenuata Cerulata photograph by Juan Ignacio 1976.


Many gardeners love Agave attenuata for its resistance against pests, as well as its dramatic shape, making it a great accent plant in decorative pots.

With its light green, almost silver, leaves, it is an eye catcher in any setting.

This plant has no spines, which set it apart from other varieties of agave.

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Fox Tail Agave, Lions Tail

Fox Tail Agave is a low-maintenance charmer will add beauty to a garden while expecting little in return.

Agave attenuata prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.

For soil type, Lion's Tail has a preference for sandy soils that are well-drained and slightly acidic.

Planting outdoors will be fine so long as the temperature does not drop below 50°F (10°C) in the winter.

In colder areas you may wish to grow in containers. During the winters, it is a good idea to place the plant in a frost-free area. In the summers, it will do just fine in the yard or on the porch.

This species of Agave does not need very much water, but does not thrive in desert heat. It will need to be watered more often in the summer, perhaps once a week, than in the winter.

Agave attenuata Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Agave attenuata
  • Common Name: Lions tail
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant 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
  • Flower Details: White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Silvery, Yellow
  • Fruit:
  • 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
  • Soil Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

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

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Container, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen
  • Family: Asparagaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Yucca plants such as the Beaked yucca.
  • 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 and References: University of Florida Plant Information: Agave_attenuata and Wikipedia

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Agave attenuata. You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to grow Asparagus densiflorus and Veltheimia plants.



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