Agave attenuata ‘Kara’s Stripes’

foxtail agave
The foxtail agave is apt named for its languid arching flower stalk covered in hundreds of creamy white flowers. Versatile in water/light department and spineless! Forms multiple rosettes. This selection has yellow to green variegation that is more pronounced with sun.
height 1–5ft
width 3–6ft
tolerates Coast, Cool Summers, Drought, Fog, Pots, Salt, Wind
Agave are extremely drought tolerant, and many need no supplemental irrigation in coastal California. They will however look better and grow faster if they are given additional water, especially during summer. This agave is more forgiving than most of overwatering, especially if it’s in good drainage.

This agave will need some summer irrigation in sunny spots when it is away from the coast.
exposure Part Sun – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin C Mexico
13, 17, 21–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

This agave is monocarpic, meaning that a head will grow larger and larger over time, building up energy, then send off a spectacular flower and afterward decline and die, replaced by pups from the base.
This agave is almost unique in that it creates a woody trunk, similar to that of a palm tree. The leaves also shed naturally, so when they are dry you can peel them off, or let them fall off and pick them up.
Protect from snails. When deer are particularly hungry they will eat A. attenuata as well.
If you’d like a single head or just a couple heads, just remove the pups from the base as they grow.
This agave is inclined to physical damage, so keep it back from high traffic paths where people might bump into it.

Special Interest

When agave set pups they can easily be removed and propagated. With this species they will actually begin to grow roots on the pups, so when you see above ground roots you’ll know they are easy to remove and propagate.