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Agave stricta Salm-Dyck

Rabo de león

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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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 2′ (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.


Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 168

Online References:


Agave Plant

Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents


SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network


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

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Agave stricta (rabo de león)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Mary­land · ≈ 1 × 2′ (41 × 62 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-10:

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