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Agave deserti Engelm. ssp. deserti

Desert agave

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusAgaveFrom Greek, meaning “noble”

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This species is native to southern California and Mexico.

Identification: Agave deserti usually grows in tight clumps, but this subspecies is often solitary. Rosettes are 1-1½′ (30-48 cm) high and 1-2′ (40-60 cm) around. Leaves are 8-16″ (20-40 cm) long and 1¾-3″ (5-8 cm) wide, grayish or bluish green, with toothed edges, and often with bands of varying color across the width of the leaves. Flowering stalks are 6½-13′ (2-4 m) tall. Individual flowers are yellow, 1-2″ (3-6 cm) long, appearing from March to July.


Ingram, Stephen, Cacti, Agaves and Yuccas of California and Nevada, Cachuma Press, 2008, p. 148

Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 115

Online References:



Plants of San Diego County, California

Agave consociata Trel.


Agave deserti ssp. deserti description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Agave deserti (desert agave)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cali­fornia


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