Agave make great feature plants and can be grown in the ground or in containers. They are very low maintenance and hardwearing plants. Their stiff leaves form large rosettes that may be up to 1m across. Most have spiky margins although the popular, fast-growing A. attenuata has smooth grey-green leaves. Flower spikes of agaves emerge from the centre of the plant, often reaching several metres high.
Full sun to part shade but protected from frosts
Infrequent deep watering as required in hot dry conditions
Well drained soil
Suitable for all climatic zones. Grown all year round.