Agave dasylirioides

Stiff, solitary rosettes have thin leaves with raspy, fine teeth. Enjoys some summer water and tolerates cool weather. Reminiscent of California’s native hesperoyucca whipplei, until it blooms with a distinctively agave flower that is pale yellow.
height 1–2ft
width 2–3ft
tolerates Cool Summers, Drought, Fog, Pots
Low – Moderate
While fairly drought tolerant on coastal California, this agave does best with summer irrigation once it has dried out.
exposure Full Sun – Part Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin Mexico
13, 15–24

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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

Most agave, including this one, 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.
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.
You can ‘pineapple’ your agave, by removing the lowest leaves. This is best started while it is out of the nursery can, but before planting, when you can access leaves from the bottom. This gives the plant a short trunk, textured similar to many palms, and allows you to get under the plant for weeding or removing pups.
Most agave do well in pots, but this one is particularly well suited, being that it naturally grows on cliff faces.
This agave likely won’t perform as well in areas with hot inland heat, and will want more shade in those ares, as it is from a high elevation cool climate.