(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Description: It is a small species, forming large balls of skewer-like leaves and looking like a very nasty porcupine. This species has the tightest spherical shape of any agave and will form offshoots to create a colony of rosettes. Each rosette grows in a slightly different direction.
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant.
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Flowers: The flowers vary from green to reddish brown or purple, on a dense150-200 cm spike-like raceme.
Propagation: Relatively easy to propagate by sucker (if available) Remove the basal suckers in spring or summer, and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost.
Cultivation: A. stricta is a versatile and very hardy plant that can be grown in half-shade to full-sun. It can take moderate to severe freezes and is extremely drought tolerant. In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there is no need to mist the leaves. It is theoretically hardy to -4° C, particularly when dry - but it is best to avoid severe freezing temperatures. Heat Tolerance: Excellent
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz