Agave horrida


The Agave horrida forms a full rosette with hard, stiff, wide and fleshy leaves. Leaves are glossy, dark green, smooth and have brown, thorny edges. This Agave has large marginal spines that curve in both directions. The plant's terminal spine is twisted.

At full maturity, the Agave horrida reaches an approximate height of 2' with a width of 3'. It thrives in full sun to partial shade. During the winter months, water sparingly. During the summer months, water a moderate amount. The soil should be nearly completely dry before more water is provided. Hardy down to approximately 25 degrees fahrenheit. USDA plant hardiness zone is 9b-11. As with any cactus or succulent, if a cold snap is predicted, cover the plant with a blanket or tarp. Prop up the cover with a stick or pole to stop the plant from getting crushed. Please do not hurt your friend!


Agave artichaut Hort. C. Besserer ex A.Berger
Agave desmetiana hort. ex Baker non Jacobi
Agave grandidentata Hort.Belg. ex Jacobi
Agave horrida var. gilbeyi (Haage & Schmid. ex Regel) Baker
Agave horrida var. laevior Jacobi
Agave horrida var. latifrons hort. ex Besaucèle
Agave horrida var. macrodonta Baker
Agave horrida var. micracantha Baker
Agave horrida var. monstruosa hort. ex Besaucèle
Agave horrida var. recurvispina hort. ex Besaucèle
Agave horrida var. viridis hort. ex Besaucèle
Agave killischkii hort. ex A.Berger & Schmidt
Agave maigretiana Jacobi
Agave regeliana hort. ex Jacobi
Agave regeliana hort. ex Baker
Agave regelii hort. ex Besaucèle
Agave triangularis var. rigidissima Trel.
Agave horrida f. nana hort.
Agave horrida subs. perotensis B.Ullrich

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
9b - 11
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
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Latin Name: 
Agave horrida

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