Agave alibertii Baker
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Agave alibertii is a succulent shrub.
Agave alibertii is a species in the genus Agave which contains approximately 257 to 341 species and belongs to the family of the Agavaceae (Century-plant Family). The type species of the genus is Agave americana.
The comparatively slow-growing and long-lived shrubs reach heights of 1,8 to 2 metres.
Wood and Bark
Agave alibertii is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are basal. They are ovate-lanceolate with spiny margins and parallel venation. The surface of the leaves is glabrous.
Flowers and Fruits
Agave alibertii produces cluster of yellow funnel-shaped flowers from August to September. The plants are hermaphroditic.
The shrubs carry brown loculicidal capsules.
The plants form fibrous roots.
Agave alibertii is native to the Northeast of the US, the central Northeast of the US, the northern Prairie States of the US, the Southeast of the US and Florida.
The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12Â°C (USDA zone 8).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
The ornamental value of Agave alibertii lies especially in its fragrance.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.