Agave stricta Salm-Dyck
Agave echinoides Jacobi
Agave striata var. stricta Baker
Rabo de León
Agave stricta is native to Mexico.
Identification: These agaves are said to resemble giant sea urchins or balled up hedgehogs. I’ll go with the hedgehog comparison. While most agaves contain a couple of dozen leaves, this one contains hundreds. They tend to grow in dense colonies. Plants are rounded mounds up to 24" (60 cm) high and 3' (1 m) around, with leaves 10-20" (25-50 cm) long and ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) around. In cross section, the leaves are rhomboidal: like a skewed rectangle, but with top and bottom depressed. Flowers form crooked spikes up to 8' (2.4 m) in height. The flowering spike is crooked, 5-8' (1.5-2.4 m) tall, with reddish-purple flowers that bloom between July and August.
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Agave stricta on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Agave stricta description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-10: