Agave alibertii

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Agave alibertii Baker

Agavaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   8

Moisture: dry

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate-lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: cluster

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Amaryllidales

Agave alibertii is a succulent shrub.

Naming

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The comparatively slow-growing and long-lived shrubs reach heights of 1,8 to 2 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

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.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

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.

Cultivation

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 -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought

Uses

The ornamental value of Agave alibertii lies especially in its fragrance.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große 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.

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