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Item ID: 12
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Pachycereus
Species: schottii
Common Name: Senita, Old Man Cactus, Whiker Cactus
Habitat: This plant is a rarely seen cactus within the borders of the United States but can be found in low flat plains and valley regions almost entirely below 2,000 feet in elevation in it's native habitat.
Range: This species is found in the extreme southwestern portion of Pima County, Arizona and extends into Sonora and Baja California, Mexico.
Care: The Senita is easily grown in Tucson although it is sensitive to heavy frost or freezing conditions. It is best to protect the stems with a frost protective covering on really cold nights. It is highly tolerant of very hot, dry conditions and needs little additional care in most garden settings.
Propagation: This cactus is easily grown from stem cuttings or grown from seed.
Size: This can be a large plant. Specimens can reach to over 20 feet in height and over 15 feet in diameter with up to 50 or more stems.
Shape: Columnar
Flowers: Flowers are from the upper portion of the plant and are white in the center with pink at the outer ends of the petals.
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Photo Courtesy of Kevin Barber 2003

The stems of the Senita are a bluish green or gray green color with white spines that over time turn a darker gray in color and will form a long bristlelike display at the upper portion of the plant. It is within this area that the flowers will form. This is a plant that can be a real prize after growing for many years so start yours as soon as you can.

Author Comments
At any given time since this plant was once discovered has it's population grown larger than over 100 individuals within habitat inside the borders of the United States. I have grown plants from seed very easily and have had little damage to any of my plants during 12 years of their growth in central Tucson.

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Item ID: 42
Family: Agavaceae
Genus: Agave
Species: schottii
Common Name: Amole, Amoliyo, Shin Daggers
Habitat: Mainly found in the rolling grassland hill country and rocky arroyos between 2,800 and 6,000 ft. elevation. It has been found at elevations as low as 1,500 feet in limited numbers and in only certain areas.
Range: This Agave is rather widely distributed in parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. It is known to be found in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico and the adjacent state of Sonora. There is also variety treleasii from areas near Tucson, Arizona.
Care: Agave schottii is a native of southern Arizona and will do quite well in a desert landscape setting although it is recommended that extra water and fertilizer be given which will surely make a big difference in the overall appearance. You may want to provide a partly shaded planting for this Agave also, as this will usually keep it from turning slightly yellow from the intense summer sunlight.
Propagation: Easily grown from seed or propagated by removal of the numerous offsets.
Size: The main plant is about 10 to 14 inches in width and up to 16 inches tall when mature but will form rather large, thick clumps about 4 feet in width.
Shape: Clustering
Flowers: Flowers usually appear during the summer from May to August. The flower spike or shaft can be to 8 feet tall with light yellow, fragrant flowers along the upper portion.
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Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins 2003

This Agave is often confused with other species in having similar characteristics. Confusing plants usually in cultivation include Agave toumeyana as well as Agave felgeri and . The leaves are dark green, usually slightly curving to one side and may have a white hair-like segment along the side edges. This is a good cold hardy species that can take temperatures to near 0? F. as long as the soil is kept rather dry.

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In habitat this Agave can survive some pretty harsh conditions. This Agave was used by the natives of the area to produce a soap that was used for the cleaning of clothes and was usually called "amole".

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