Agave list updated

Originally inspired by Loree Bohl’s plant list on her blog Danger Garden, I created my own plant list a few years ago (it can be accessed from the Plant Lists link at the top of each page of this blog). The goal was to include a majority of the plants in my garden, broken down by genus.


Agave ‘Kissho Kan’

While my intentions were good, I never made it past one genus: Agave. Alphabetically speaking, Agave is the first major genus in my plant collection. More than that, it’s also the largest and my personal favorite. So for now, “plant list” is synonymous with “agave list.”

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Agave schidigera ‘Shira ito no Ohi’


Agave ‘Royal Spine’

As I was updating my agave list to reflect recent purchases, I decided to compile some statistics. The results surprised me:

  • My agave list has 61 entries.
  • Of these, 4 are plants that have died.
  • That means 57 agaves are still alive.
  • All 57 of these are unique species, hybrids, or cultivars. (I have some duplicates, but I’m not counting them here.)
  • 17 are planted in the ground.
  • 40 are in pots.


Agave ghiesbrechtii


Agave bracteosa

If you had asked me yesterday how many agaves I had, I probably would had answered, “about 30.” Granted, many of them are small so it’s easy to lose count, but I’m still amazed that I have so many of them.


Agave bovicornuta


Agave geminiflora

If our property were larger, I’d be able to create more mounded succulent beds and plant out many of the species that are now confined to pots. Fortunately, most agaves don’t mind living in containers. The confined space has a bonsai effect, i.e. their growth habit is artificially restricted, but this doesn’t have a negative effect on their aesthetics.


Agave polianthiflora


Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’

And while I need another agave like I need a sharp stick in the eye, I will continue to look for interesting new cultivars that might become available. Here is one I’ve had my eye on for a while: Agave victoriae-reginae ‘White Rhino’. It’s not widely available yet, hence super expensive, but eventually I will find one at a price I can afford.


  1. I totally understand, I still can't quite wrap my head around the idea that I have THAT MANY agaves.

  2. Having 60 of a single genus indicates that you have a serious problem. Unless it's bamboo, and then it's fine. :)

    Besides the amount of work it would require, I'm afraid of making a list of all of my plants. (If I ever finish that map of my yard I'll have one though.)

  3. Lists like yours are helpful, not only for yourself but for other enthusiasts as they can serve as reference guides :)


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