Thread agave

Agave filifera | Also known as: Century plant, Maguey | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Thread agave: I was going to say something about this Agave, but I've totally lost my thread.

Agave filifera or thread agave is an attractive succulent with fleshy spiked of grey-green leaves that grow in a spherical shape. The leaves are covered in long white fibres, hence the name thread agave as it looks like it is covered in fine pieces of cotton. It grows yellow flowers at the top of huge stems that grow around 8ft tall from the mound of leaves. It will need to be in a heated environment over the cooler months if you live in a colder climate but should be fine outdoors in the warmer weather. This plant has been given an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 0
Heat days
  • 30 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
  • Mediterranean garden
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Architectural
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years