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Octopus Agave

Agave vilmoriniana

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Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) at Rainbow Gardens

Octopus Agave

Octopus Agave

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  4 feet

Flower Height:  12 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

Twisting, turning gray green leaves gives this selection the appearance of an octopus; an excellent landscape or container specimen; stunning 10 to 20 foot spike of yellow-gold flowers after 10 years; makes a dramatic accent planting

Ornamental Features

Octopus Agave features bold spikes of yellow cup-shaped flowers with gold overtones rising above the foliage in late winter. Its attractive twisted narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Octopus Agave is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Spiny

Octopus Agave is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Octopus Agave will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 12 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs.

Octopus Agave is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.