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Common Name: Palmer's Agave,
Habitat: Characteristically this Agave grows in areas inhabited by the oak woodlands from 3,000 to 6,500 ft. elevation usually in limestone soils.
Range: A rather widely scattered species that is found throughout southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico
Care: Agave palmeri is a rather slow growing species that is a very easy plant to cultivate in and around Tucson. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 10 degrees F. or lower but usually requires a more humus soil than typical desert plants.
Propagation: Seed or rhizome offsets
Size: Medium sized species 3.25-4 ft. and 20-47 in. wide.
Flowers: Pale yellow/green to white
Photo Courtesy of Chris Monrad ©2003
This Agave is somewhat misunderstood in that younger plants usually do not offset but as the plant ages it will often send out many small rhizome offsets.
Agave palmeri was also a favorite of the Apache, Papago and Pima Indians. It was used as food and tools for everyday life in North America. Almost every part of this plant was used as a food source and the fiberous leaves were made into rope and twine. The spine tip on the leaf was often broken and peeled down to form a needle and string. A fermented liquid drink was made from the crowns of the plant into a liquor or mescal.
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