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Scientific Name: Agave filifera ssp. schidigera (Lemaire) B.Ullrich
Synonym: Agave vestita, Agave perplexans, Agave discreptata, Agave schidigera, Agave wrightii
Family: Agavaceae
Maguey (Agave  filifera ssp. schidigera)
As Agave schidigera at the Glendale Xeriscape Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 11-13,18-21
USDA: 8b-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 15F ( -9C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Excellent

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa, Sonora), at 4500 to 7500 feet elevation (1400-2200 m)

Growth Habits: Stemless rosette up to 2 feet tall (60 cm), 2 to 3 feet wide (60-90 cm); 100 leaves or more per rosette, each leaf has white markings, sharp tips and marginal fibers

Watering Needs: Moderate water (in Phoenix, water every week in summer, every month in winter)


The leaves are 12-20 inches long, 1 inch wide (2-3 cm). They have no marginal spines, but carry thick threads at their edges.
'Durango Delight' is a smaller cultivar.

Blooming Habits:
Mature Agave schidigera produce a flower spike 7-12 feet tall (2-3.5 m), with yellow flowers, in late summer to fall. The rosette that produced the spike dies after blooming.

Fruiting Habits:

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