Agave deserti Agave deserti Agave deserti
Common Name Desert Agave, Century Plant
Latin Name Agave deserti
Native Habitat Mojave and Sonoran Deserts to 5,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 4 feet X 4 feet, stem to 15 feet, usual 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Evergreen, gray-green
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Moonlight, Sonoran, Fire Retardant, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Yellow flowers on stem up to 15' in June, grey leaves (monocarpic)
Nature Value Flowers used by hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees
Native American Uses

Fiber for bowstrings, brushes, cradles, nets, slings, shoes, skirts, mats, rope, thread, baskets, and snares.  Fresh root used as soap and shampoo.  All parts of plant eaten.  Sap consumed as a fresh drink or fermented into pulque.

Links  
    Images and data http://bss.sfsu.edu/holzman/courses/Fall00Projects/3Agavedeserti.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/desertagave.html
    Images and data http://www.livingdesert.org/plants/desert_agave.asp
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/22.htm
    Images and data http://www.oceanlight.com/lightbox.php?sp=agave_deserti
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where-taxon=Agave+deserti
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AGDE
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
   
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