Agave desertii

          Desert Agave

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Horticultural Notes

3’ x 3’ with flower spike to 10’

Desert Agave forms a large rosette of gray-green leaves edged with sharp teeth and having very sharp point.  The rosettes are long lived, 20-40 years, and at maturity send up a very tall flower spike topped with bright yellow flowers.

This desert Agave was very important to the Native Americans.  The young flower stalk and the central crown were roasted in pit ovens, this caramelized the food which then lasted for many months.  Flowers and seeds were also eaten.   This was also an important source of cordage material.  The leaves were pounded to remove the pulp leaving very durable inner strands.