Agave is a genus of monocots. The plants are perennial, but each rosette flowers once and then dies . Some species are known by the name century plant. Traditionally, it was circumscribed to be composed of about 166 species, but it is now usually understood to have about 208 species.
Agave mckelvyana is a small, relatively rare, dwarf species of Agave from western Arizona. It grows on open rocky slopes and dry scrubland in the Mojave and Yavapai between 900 and 1,800 metres (3,000 and 6,000 ft). It is one of the hardiest agaves, to -15°C (5°F) it is tolerant of drought and severe freezes and can take winter rain without overhead protection. Unlike its huge relative the Century Plant, this grows to around 38 to 60cm (15 to 24in) tall and 45cm (18in) in diameter. It forms a tight rosette of broad, bluish green, fleshy leaves with small teeth. The stout stem is usually short, the leaves apparently springing from the root.
USDA Zone - 9
Season to sow - Spring
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