What are agave plants?

Agave is a long-leaved succulent plant that naturally forms a rosette shape and produces a flower spire of attractive cup shaped blooms. The plant is drought tolerant and perennial, making it ideal for the mature arid garden.

Which family of plants is agave?

Asparagus Family

How do I identify an agave plant?

Look for thick, stiff symmetrical leaves ranging in color from blue-gray to gray or blue to dark-blue with spiny margins that taper to a sharp point. The dark-red or black spines growing from the leaf margins are about 1/3-inch long and those growing from the tips grow to around 1/2-inch long.

Why are agave plants so expensive?

But over the last two years, volatile agave prices have soared, thanks in part to high tequila demand. According to an industry survey by Taste Tequila, the plant can cost as much as 25 pesos ($1.31) per kilogram, up from 2 pesos (10 cents) in 2012.

Why is agave bad for you?

Your body is well equipped to handle the small amounts of fructose found in fruit. Because agave syrup is much higher in fructose than plain sugar, it has greater potential to cause adverse health effects, such as increased belly fat and fatty liver disease.

Is agave poisonous to dogs?

Agave (Agave spp.), which grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 to 11, is mildly toxic to dogs and humans when ingested. It probably won’t kill your canine companion, but it will probably cause discomfort and pain.

How many types of agave plants are there?

As of May 2019, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families and Plants of the World Online recognize about 270 species of Agave plus a number of natural hybrids. This includes species formerly placed in Manfreda and Polianthes. Other sources may use different circumscriptions.

Is agave plant poisonous to humans?

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources characterizes agave as being mildly toxic. It describes the plant as having oxalate crystals in its leaves, which can cause extreme irritation. A more common symptom of exposure to agave plants is skin irritation, or dermatitis.

How big does an agave plant get?

Agave guiengola produces broad, fleshy whitish-green leaves that can grow 2 feet long. The plant is much wider than it is tall, reaching 6 feet across and just 4 feet in height.

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Do agave plants do well in pots?

Any agave can be grown in a container, but the smaller varieties are the most popular. Agave plants love to be root bound, so growing them in pots make these plants excellent candidates for houseplants. All container grown agave pants need a soil that dries slowly but drains quickly.