Agave vilmoriniana A. Berger
Like most agaves, this is an evergreen that dies after blooming. It reaches 3-4' (91-121 cm) in height, and a width of up to 6' (1.8 m), with long blue-green leaves that curve outward and downward, forming a basal rosette. The leaves have a velvety texture. The plant’s resemblance to an octopus waving its tentacles gives it its common name. They originated in Mexico, at elevations between 2000-5000' (609-1524 m). Plants may bloom in as few as 7-10 years, much sooner than most agaves.
Identification: The rosette of leaves is up to 3' (91 cm) high and 5' (1.5 m) around. Each leaf is crescent-shaped in cross section. The flowers form from a large central panicle 10-16' (3-4.9 m) in height. Flowers are yellow-white to yellow.
Agave vilmoriniana as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension
Agave vilmoriniana on Desert-tropicals.com
Agave vilmoriniana at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Agave vilmoriniana at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Agave vilmoriniana at Chris A. Martin's site at Arizona State University
Agave vilmoriniana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 7b-11: