Agave colorata
Common Name Mescal Ceniza
Latin Name Agave colorata
Native Habitat Northwestern Mexico 0 to 6,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Evergreen, gray-green
Garden Suitability Moonlight, Sonoran, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Yellow flowers on stem, grey leaves (monocarpic)
Nature Value Flowers used by hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, cold marginal
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://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/60583/
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Agavaceae/Agave_colorata.html
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM08154&sp=Agave%20colorata
    Nursery, images and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=2697
    Nursery, images and data http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/plant_display.asp?prodid=1892&account=none
    Seeds http://www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/carth.asp?species=Agave%20colorata%20San%20Carlos%20Bay&sref=75980
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/AgaveMescalCeniza/AgaveMescalCeniza.htm
    Image http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2437105720030895787VJXdbd
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