Agave ‘Blue Flame’

The undulating nature of this agave makes it look like blue fire. Leaves are lightly serrated on the margins and tipped with a slight thorn, generally less armed than most agave. Clumping.
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height 2–3ft
width 3–6ft
tolerates Drought, Heat, Pots, Neglect, 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.
exposure Full Shade
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin Hybrid

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

Each rosette grows 2-3’ high and wide; over time they pup and clumps can reach 5’ high 10’ wide.
This agave will eventually have a stout trunk, showing its A. attenuata parentage. Unlike attenuata the older leaves of this agave are mildly persistent and sometimes need to be pruned off to keep it tidy.
Most agave are 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. With pupping varieties, they grow from stolons at the base, constantly replacing the older bloomed out heads with new ones, which then grow larger and flower, continuing the life cycle.
Take care when pruning or removing agave, as many have a toxic sap that causes inflammation and rashing. Removing spent agave heads can also be tricky as they are often ringed with other armed agave. If you like the look of agave, but are threatened by the terminal spikes they can be removed. It’s easiest to cut these off when they are coming out of the rosette as you’ll be able to prune the thorns off many layers of leaves at one time.
Agave, even very large ones, are surprisingly well suited to pot culture. Agave that would normally be ten feet in the ground tend to settle into even small pots and stay in harmonious balance. Every few years, if they start to stall, you can remove them and trim back a third of the roots and remove any pups. Sometimes they get very root bound and it can be beneficial to bottom water, setting them in a saucer of water for a day.

Special Interest

When agave set pups they can easily be removed and propagated. It’s best to do this once they start to establish and have some of their own roots.