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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-22

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thread-leaf agave

Agave filifera

Thread-leaf agave

One of the smaller members of the agave family, thread-leaf agave's rosettes are only about 2 feet wide. Occasionally, the plants bloom, sending up six to ten foot tall stalks covered with flowers that more than make up for the plant's modest size.

Agaves are happiest in Zones 9 through 11. Although they're drought tolerant, they do best with some water in the summer and protection from heavy winter rains.

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