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Item ID: 9
Family: Agavaceae
Genus: Agave
Species: vilmoriniana
Common Name: Octopus Agave
Habitat: Vertical cliffs and rocky slopes in rugged forest locations at elevations around 2,000 to 6,000 feet.
Range: It occurs in some very rugged and remote rocky cliff locations in the Mexican states of Aguascalientes, Durango, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Sonora.
Care: A very easy Agave to grow in and around the Tucson area where the night temperature rarely drops below 24 degrees farenheit. It is frost sensitive and can be damaged rather easily in certain micro climates. It is both tolerant of full sun as well as partial shade and is very vigorous.
Propagation: By removal of the hundreds or thousands of bulbils from the flower stalk.
Size: Some plants grow as large as 4 feet in height and nearly 6 feet wide.
Shape: Rosette
Flowers: Yellow
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Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins 2003

This plant gets the name "Octopus" form the long curled leaves that are flexible and easy to touch.

Author Comments
It is a popular landscaping plant mainly because of the strange curled leaves and its attractive growth pattern. One slight draw back to having this plant is the fact that it does have a rather short life. Plants have been known to flower in only 8 years, but will produce many small bulbils from which many more plants can be grown.

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