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Agave franzosinii (Majestic Agave)

Majestic Agave, Agave beauleriana

Agave franzosinii, Majestic Agave, Agave beauleriana, Large Agave, Succulent, drought tolerant plant
Agave franzosinii, Majestic Agave, Agave beauleriana, Large Agave, Succulent, drought tolerant plant
Agave franzosinii, Majestic Agave, Agave beauleriana, Large Agave, Succulent, drought tolerant plant
Agave franzosinii, Majestic Agave, Agave beauleriana, Large Agave, Succulent, drought tolerant plant

Incredibly majestic, Agave franzosinii is a very large, evergreen perennial forming a usually solitary rosette of thick, spiny-edged, powdery blue-gray leaves that arch gracefully. This agave displays interesting dark green patterns where the wax has been rubbed off as the leaves grow. The leaves are lined with large teeth along their margins and feature a dark brown terminal spine. While infrequent, mature plants (at least 15 years old) are topped with a magnificent flower stalk that can reach 40 ft. (12m), and bears large bright yellow flowers. A slow grower, this majestic Agave dies after flowering but forms rhizomes that generally produce new shoots a few feet from the main rosette. It makes a dramatic focal point in the landscape. 

  • Grows with an upright habit up to 6-8 ft. tall (180-240 cm) and 8-10 ft. wide (240-300 cm). May reach 40 ft. (12m) with flower stalk.
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Irrigate only occasionally. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens, or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders. Effective as hedges.
  • Plant away from foot traffic: the needle-sharp spines on the leaf tips can be a hazard to humans and pets. Don’t plant this Agave near paths or walkways
  • Attracts hummingbirds and birds but is deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects.
  • Use caution, safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants, well-covered shoes, and gloves when cutting this plant.
  • Native to Mexico

Agave: Plant Care and Growing Guide


Agave plants are popular for landscaping because they are rich in many qualities and have a striking architectural appearance. Here are some tips on how to plant and grow agaves successfully

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 120" (3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Agave bovicornuta (Cowhorn Agave)
Agave tequilana (Blue Agave)
Agave angustifolia var. marginata (Caribbean Agave)
Agave xylonacantha (Saw Leaf Agave)
Agave x leopoldii (Leopold Agave)
Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’ (Octopus Agave)

Recommended Companion Plants

Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)
Agave parryi var. truncata (Artichoke Agave)
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 120" (3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Do I Need?
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