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Agave Cactus

The Agave Cactus is a slow growing, generally solitary plant that in advanced years may begin to produce offsets.  It is distinguished by long, slender, bluish-green tubercles bearing areoles at the tip that produce paper spines.  These spines blend in with the surrounding grassland that is its native habitat. The flowers are large, yellow and fragrant.  Leuchtenbergia principis is monotypic - there is only one species in the genus.  There is evidence that the genus Leuctenbergia is closely related to Ferocactus (Barrel Cactus).  Photograph by Laurel Woodley

Leuchtenbergia principis has yellow flowers
Latin Name: 
Leuchtenbergia principis
Family Name: 
Cactaceae
Place of Origin: 
Mexico
Bloom Time: 
Nov
Plant Types: 
Garden Location: 
Cactus Garden