Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave - Agave attenuata

Are you on the hunt for a unique and eye-catching plant to add to your collection? Look no further than the Agave attenuata, also known as foxtail agave or lion's tail agave, swan's neck agave, spineless century plant, dragon tree agave, and Agave cernua. The name 'Foxtail,' refers to the development of curved inflorescence blooms that mature plants produce, which is unusual among Agave out there. 

This foxtail agave is very popular in Southern California because it looks so stunning on your landscape and produces a unique pale green-yellowish blooms once in its lifespan, and the arching flower stalk curves backward like a fox's tail and is followed by seed pods, truly making this succulent stand out amongst all others. Keep them eight feet apart when placing multiple plants in a landscape.   

This striking agave attenuata with its soft and fleshy pale-bluish to yellow-green leaves that are completely spineless - makes it a true showstopper in succulent gardens. With minimal water and full sun exposure requirements, this perennial is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance, high-impact addition to their garden or indoor space.  The Agave attenuata can grow up to 4 feet tall by 7 feet wide over time.  And get this; these little babies easily sprout new pups at their base that you can cut off and regrow elsewhere. 

Not only is the foxtail agave safe for humans, but it's also friendly to pets! 

Watering Needs 

The Agave attenuata foxtail agave requires minimal watering. It's important to only water them when the soil has dried out, as overwatering can cause root rot. Succulents, including this fox tail agave, are prone to rot if their roots are constantly submerged in moisture. 

As a drought-tolerant plant, the foxtail agave has developed an effective mechanism for storing water in its leaves. Oftentimes, people worry about under-watering their plants when they're actually giving them too much water. Succulents, in particular, don't thrive well in damp soil, which can lead to root problems. 

Remember, during the summer months, the green foxtail agave may require more frequent watering, especially if it is growing in a container or exposed to hot, dry conditions. 

Light Requirements 

The fox tail agave can withstand full sun for at least 4 - 6 hours, but it prefers to grow in areas with some partial shade. Learn to adjust your fox tail agave to avoid burns if the location where you have the plant is exposed to a lot of sunlight.  Gradually increase the exposure before transplanting plants until they can handle the full sun. 

It's critical to remember that during a heatwave or periods of extreme heat, your agave attenuata could still sustain sun damage or get sunburned. You can protect the plant in this situation by moving it indoors or to a shaded area. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

The foxtail agave favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and, most likely, root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally, use our specialized potting mix that contains mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing the foxtail agave, remember that less is more. A small amount of fertilizer once a year in spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using a balanced fertilizer of NPK (5-10-5) ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil without the use of harsh chemicals. Show your Agave attenuata succulent some love with awesome natural fertilizer and watch it thrive.  

Hardiness Zones & More 

Hailing from Central Mexico, the fox tail agave thrives best at 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plant it outdoors, it grows best in USDA zones 9 and 11. 

If the temperature drops below 35 F, the plant may experience frost damage. Frost can cause the leaves of the fox tail agave to become discolored or mottled, and in severe cases, it can cause the wilting of leaves or flowers eventually fall. So, if you live in cold temperatures or your location is not suited for raising foxtail agave, then you should grow them as potted plants and bring them in as the temperature drops. To protect this flowering plant from frost, it is recommended to cover it with a frost cloth or move it to a warmer location in your home. 

With the help of Fox tail agave - Agave attenuata, you'll start to spend less time maintaining your garden and more time taking in its beauty! 

Bloom Season Winter, Spring
Botanical Name Agave attenuata
Common Name Fox Tail Agave, lion's tail agave, swan's neck agave, spineless century plant, dragon tree agave, Agave cernua
Dormancy Winter
Family Asparagaceae
Flower Color Greenish, yellow
Genus Agave
Growth Habit Rosette
Growth Rate Fast growth
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 4 ft. tall, 7 ft. wide
Native Area Central Mexico
Plant Type Perennial spineless succulent
Propagation By seed, stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistance, rabbit resistance, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Long flower stalk, easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Agave Attenuata

Agave attenuata is relatively resistant to pests and diseases but it can still be susceptible to a few problems. 

The more common problems are: 

Mealybugs & Scale insects: These tiny insects can be found on the leaves and stems of the fox tail plant. They suck the sap from the plant, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown. Mealybugs can be controlled by spraying the plant with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. 

Root rot: Overwatering can cause the roots of the plant to rot and destroy the shallow root system. This can be avoided if the soil is well-drained and not too wet. 

Fungal diseases: They can be susceptible to fungal diseases such as leaf spot or stem rot. These diseases can be prevented by avoiding overwatering and ensuring that the plant has good air circulation. 

Sunburn: They are adapted to bright, indirect light and can be susceptible to sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight for too long. As a result, the leaves may turn brown or yellow. To prevent sunburn, it is recommended to place the plant in a location with bright, indirect light. 

Pest infestations: They can attract pests such as snails, slugs, and grasshoppers. These pests can be controlled by using insecticidal soap or removing them by hand. 

FAQs - Agave Attenuata Plant

Is Agave attenuata edible? 

Agave attenuata is not considered edible among other agave plants. While some species of agave are used for food or beverage production, Agave attenuata is not commonly used for this purpose. The leaves of the plant are typically tough and fibrous and are not ingested as a food source.  

However, it is possible that the sap of the plant could be used as a sweetener, although this is not a common practice. It is important to note that ingesting any part of the plant may be harmful to humans and pets, as it contains saponins, which can be toxic. 

Is Agave attenuata fast-growing? 

Agave foxtail is considered a relatively fast-growing species of agave, particularly when compared to other agave species. The rate of growth can vary depending on factors such as the plant's growing conditions, age, and climate. However, in general, the fox tail agave can grow up to 4 feet in height and 7 feet in width within a few years, making it a popular choice for landscaping and garden design. 

Can foxtail agave take full sun? 

Foxtail agave grows best in partial shade or filtered sunlight for at least 4-6 hours daily. While it can tolerate some direct sunlight, it may be prone to sunburn or damage if exposed to full sun for extended periods of time. If you are considering growing fox tail agave in an area with full sun, it is important to ensure that the plant is gradually acclimated to the conditions over a period of several weeks to avoid damage. 

Is foxtail agave indoor or outdoor? 

Foxtail attenuata is typically grown as an outdoor accent plant, as it requires plenty of sunlight and room to grow. However, it can be grown indoors in a bright location with plenty of natural light, such as a south-facing window. If grown indoors, it is important to ensure that the plant is not overwatered, as this can lead to root rot.  

Additionally, it is important to ensure that the plant is gradually acclimated to indoor conditions over a period of several weeks to avoid shock. When used in decorative pots, agave plant makes a striking focal point or accent. 

How often does foxtail agave bloom? 

Fox Tail Agave typically blooms once in its lifetime between winter and spring, but it can take up to 10-25 years to reach maturity and flower. When it does bloom, it produces a tall flower stalk that can reach up to 20 feet in height and is covered in small yellow flowers. After the plant has finished blooming, it will die back, but it will produce offsets or "pups" that can be used to propagate new plants. 

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Are you on the hunt for a unique and eye-catching plant to add to your collection? Look no further than the Agave attenuata, also known as foxtail agave or lion's tail agave, swan's neck agave, spineless century plant, dragon tree agave, and Agave cernua. The name 'Foxtail,' refers to the development of curved inflorescence blooms that mature plants produce, which is unusual among Agave out there. 

This foxtail agave is very popular in Southern California because it looks so stunning on your landscape and produces a unique pale green-yellowish blooms once in its lifespan, and the arching flower stalk curves backward like a fox's tail and is followed by seed pods, truly making this succulent stand out amongst all others. Keep them eight feet apart when placing multiple plants in a landscape.   

This striking agave attenuata with its soft and fleshy pale-bluish to yellow-green leaves that are completely spineless - makes it a true showstopper in succulent gardens. With minimal water and full sun exposure requirements, this perennial is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance, high-impact addition to their garden or indoor space.  The Agave attenuata can grow up to 4 feet tall by 7 feet wide over time.  And get this; these little babies easily sprout new pups at their base that you can cut off and regrow elsewhere. 

Not only is the foxtail agave safe for humans, but it's also friendly to pets! 

Watering Needs 

The Agave attenuata foxtail agave requires minimal watering. It's important to only water them when the soil has dried out, as overwatering can cause root rot. Succulents, including this fox tail agave, are prone to rot if their roots are constantly submerged in moisture. 

As a drought-tolerant plant, the foxtail agave has developed an effective mechanism for storing water in its leaves. Oftentimes, people worry about under-watering their plants when they're actually giving them too much water. Succulents, in particular, don't thrive well in damp soil, which can lead to root problems. 

Remember, during the summer months, the green foxtail agave may require more frequent watering, especially if it is growing in a container or exposed to hot, dry conditions. 

Light Requirements 

The fox tail agave can withstand full sun for at least 4 - 6 hours, but it prefers to grow in areas with some partial shade. Learn to adjust your fox tail agave to avoid burns if the location where you have the plant is exposed to a lot of sunlight.  Gradually increase the exposure before transplanting plants until they can handle the full sun. 

It's critical to remember that during a heatwave or periods of extreme heat, your agave attenuata could still sustain sun damage or get sunburned. You can protect the plant in this situation by moving it indoors or to a shaded area. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

The foxtail agave favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and, most likely, root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally, use our specialized potting mix that contains mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing the foxtail agave, remember that less is more. A small amount of fertilizer once a year in spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using a balanced fertilizer of NPK (5-10-5) ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil without the use of harsh chemicals. Show your Agave attenuata succulent some love with awesome natural fertilizer and watch it thrive.  

Hardiness Zones & More 

Hailing from Central Mexico, the fox tail agave thrives best at 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plant it outdoors, it grows best in USDA zones 9 and 11. 

If the temperature drops below 35 F, the plant may experience frost damage. Frost can cause the leaves of the fox tail agave to become discolored or mottled, and in severe cases, it can cause the wilting of leaves or flowers eventually fall. So, if you live in cold temperatures or your location is not suited for raising foxtail agave, then you should grow them as potted plants and bring them in as the temperature drops. To protect this flowering plant from frost, it is recommended to cover it with a frost cloth or move it to a warmer location in your home. 

With the help of Fox tail agave - Agave attenuata, you'll start to spend less time maintaining your garden and more time taking in its beauty! 

Bloom Season Winter, Spring
Botanical Name Agave attenuata
Common Name Fox Tail Agave, lion's tail agave, swan's neck agave, spineless century plant, dragon tree agave, Agave cernua
Dormancy Winter
Family Asparagaceae
Flower Color Greenish, yellow
Genus Agave
Growth Habit Rosette
Growth Rate Fast growth
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 4 ft. tall, 7 ft. wide
Native Area Central Mexico
Plant Type Perennial spineless succulent
Propagation By seed, stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistance, rabbit resistance, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Long flower stalk, easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Agave Attenuata

Agave attenuata is relatively resistant to pests and diseases but it can still be susceptible to a few problems. 

The more common problems are: 

Mealybugs & Scale insects: These tiny insects can be found on the leaves and stems of the fox tail plant. They suck the sap from the plant, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown. Mealybugs can be controlled by spraying the plant with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. 

Root rot: Overwatering can cause the roots of the plant to rot and destroy the shallow root system. This can be avoided if the soil is well-drained and not too wet. 

Fungal diseases: They can be susceptible to fungal diseases such as leaf spot or stem rot. These diseases can be prevented by avoiding overwatering and ensuring that the plant has good air circulation. 

Sunburn: They are adapted to bright, indirect light and can be susceptible to sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight for too long. As a result, the leaves may turn brown or yellow. To prevent sunburn, it is recommended to place the plant in a location with bright, indirect light. 

Pest infestations: They can attract pests such as snails, slugs, and grasshoppers. These pests can be controlled by using insecticidal soap or removing them by hand. 

FAQs - Agave Attenuata Plant

Is Agave attenuata edible? 

Agave attenuata is not considered edible among other agave plants. While some species of agave are used for food or beverage production, Agave attenuata is not commonly used for this purpose. The leaves of the plant are typically tough and fibrous and are not ingested as a food source.  

However, it is possible that the sap of the plant could be used as a sweetener, although this is not a common practice. It is important to note that ingesting any part of the plant may be harmful to humans and pets, as it contains saponins, which can be toxic. 

Is Agave attenuata fast-growing? 

Agave foxtail is considered a relatively fast-growing species of agave, particularly when compared to other agave species. The rate of growth can vary depending on factors such as the plant's growing conditions, age, and climate. However, in general, the fox tail agave can grow up to 4 feet in height and 7 feet in width within a few years, making it a popular choice for landscaping and garden design. 

Can foxtail agave take full sun? 

Foxtail agave grows best in partial shade or filtered sunlight for at least 4-6 hours daily. While it can tolerate some direct sunlight, it may be prone to sunburn or damage if exposed to full sun for extended periods of time. If you are considering growing fox tail agave in an area with full sun, it is important to ensure that the plant is gradually acclimated to the conditions over a period of several weeks to avoid damage. 

Is foxtail agave indoor or outdoor? 

Foxtail attenuata is typically grown as an outdoor accent plant, as it requires plenty of sunlight and room to grow. However, it can be grown indoors in a bright location with plenty of natural light, such as a south-facing window. If grown indoors, it is important to ensure that the plant is not overwatered, as this can lead to root rot.  

Additionally, it is important to ensure that the plant is gradually acclimated to indoor conditions over a period of several weeks to avoid shock. When used in decorative pots, agave plant makes a striking focal point or accent. 

How often does foxtail agave bloom? 

Fox Tail Agave typically blooms once in its lifetime between winter and spring, but it can take up to 10-25 years to reach maturity and flower. When it does bloom, it produces a tall flower stalk that can reach up to 20 feet in height and is covered in small yellow flowers. After the plant has finished blooming, it will die back, but it will produce offsets or "pups" that can be used to propagate new plants. 

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