Agave shawii

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Agave shawii Engelm.

Agavaceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   9

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: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Agave shawii is a succulent shrub.

Naming

Agave shawii was described by Georg Engelmann. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Agave shawii 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 shrubs are comparatively long-lived and reach heights of 15 to 120 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Agave shawii is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are basal. They are ovate-lanceolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Agave shawii produces green funnel-shaped flowers from May to September.

The shrubs produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

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 -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

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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