Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana)
The Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) proves that good things come to those who wait. If you’re looking for a plant to add dramatic presence to your garden, the Octopus Agave will do just that. It grows with grace and beauty before blooming at full maturity.
This perennial succulent grows slowly but will create quite a buzz when it reaches maturity. It towers over most succulents and produces a brilliant summertime yellow bloom on a tall spike.
But don’t worry, this plant is a real looker even when not in bloom. It received its name because of its octopus-like appearance. It has exquisitely slender, long, grey-green, tentacle-like leaves that reach out from its center. These fleshy leaves have a tendency to twist and spiral from time to time.
This is one of the largest rosette-shaped plants you’ll find. And its leaves don’t have those pesky spikes all along its leaf like you’re probably familiar with. Its leaves have smooth edges, and you can simply snip off the tips (and the small spike found at the very end of the leaf). Passersby will thank you, if you plant it near a path.
Its fountain-like appearance will make your garden feel like a tropical oasis. This plant makes for a great landscaping accent that can bring height to your garden. Plant it at the corners of your yard or keep it in a container. This succulent will add an exotic feel to your pool area or patio.
The Octopus Agave does best in full sun or partial shade. And it thrives in low-moisture well-drained areas. So, you don’t have to fuss over this low-maintenance plant. When potted, just give it a bit of water when its soil appears dry.
This grand succulent will add architectural interest to your garden. It grows well without a lot of attention.
|Common name||Octopus Agave|
|Botanical name||Agave vilmoriniana|
|Hardiness zone||Outdoors 9 - 11 (Indoors 4 - 11)|
|Height||12 - 15 inches|
|Width||2 - 3 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|