Click on image for full screen view.

Thorn-crested Agave, Big Lechuguilla
Agave lophantha (A. univittata)


Agave lophantha is native to Texas just in the Rio Grande Plains in South Texas, where it grows on gravelly limestone and on cliffs and rocky outcrops. It is related to A. lechuguilla, differing from it by its flatter leaves and firmer margins. Its leaves are bright green and the flowers are a light gray-green to yellow. Like all agaves, it only flowers once, after which the original plant dies. It is hardy to about 10 degrees F.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: light grayish green to yellow

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: capsule

Height: to 2 feet / to 12 feet with flower

Width: to 4 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

Additional Comments:

| Index of Scientific Names | Index of Common Names | Photo Gallery Index |