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Agave vilmoriniana

Agave vilmoriniana A. Berger

Agave vilmoriana

Agave mayoensis

Agave eduardii

Agave houghii

Octopus Agave

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusAgaveFrom Greek, meaning “noble”
Speciesvilmoriniana

About plant names...

Like most agaves, this is an evergreen that dies after blooming. It reaches 3-4' (91-121 cm) in height, and a width of up to 6' (1.8 m), with long blue-green leaves that curve outward and downward, forming a basal rosette. The leaves have a velvety texture. The plant’s resemblance to an octopus waving its tentacles gives it its common name. They originated in Mexico, at elevations between 2000-5000' (609-1524 m). Plants may bloom in as few as 7-10 years, much sooner than most agaves.

Identification: The rosette of leaves is up to 3' (91 cm) high and 5' (1.5 m) around. Each leaf is crescent-shaped in cross section. The flowers form from a large central panicle 10-16' (3-4.9 m) in height. Flowers are yellow-white to yellow.

Online References:

Agave vilmoriniana as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension

Agave vilmoriniana on Desert-tropicals.com

Agave vilmoriniana at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Agave vilmoriniana at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

Agave vilmoriniana at Chris A. Martin's site at Arizona State University

References:

Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 178

Agave vilmoriniana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Agave vilmoriniana (Octopus Agave)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 7½ × 5' (2.3 × 1.6 m)

Range: Zones 7b-11:

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