Agave colorata
Common name: 
Mescal Ceniza
Ash Agave
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen, compact, small shrub, rosette-forming, slow growing to a mature height of about 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) and a similar width.  Plants are usually solitary but runners may establish additional plants near the main rosette.  Leaves are about 60 x 18 cm, blue-gray, rough-textured, erect, margin undulating, toothed, and with a terminal spine. The single flower cluster may reach 3 m tall; flower buds are red and opening to yellow and orange and about 20 x 15 mm. Fruit to 5.5 cm, cup-shaped to oblong.  In warm climates it may take 15-20 years to bloom and 25 years in cooler climates.
  • Full sun, on soil with good drainage, low water needs
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8       Native to coastal northwestern Sonora, Mexico
  • colorata: colored 


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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • rosette of leaves

    rosette of leaves

  • spine and teeth

    spine and teeth