In Mexico, probably for centuries, Agave salmiana plantations have been established with shoots of young rhizomes (Mora-López et al. ). Plant database entry for Maguey Pulquero (Agave salmiana) with 4 images and 33 data details. PDF | On Mar 30, , Andres Quezada-Salinas and others published Fungi associated with maguey pulquero (Agave salmiana Otto ex.

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Agave salmiana (Giant Agave)

The sap is quite acidic and can be quite painful if it comes in contact with the skin. It spreads to about 10 – 12 feet. It can be used to stabilise a slope.

Agave salmiana is a species of the family Asparagaceaenative to central and southern Mexico. Again at Puebla and Oaxaca Mexico in Mexico North America Evergreen: Like many in its family plant dies after blooming and offsets take over. Koch Gentry [1] is often encountered in cultivation. Koch Gentry Agaves Cont.

It needs good drainage and aeration. Back to Agavaceae index. Agave salmiana Otto ex Salm-Dyck [1]. It differs from other Agave salmiana in its massive stature, urceolate form and the shiny green leaves with short acuminate leaf tips. At the other extreme it may be seen planted out in southern Arizona and Texas.

It was noted in cultivation in the Tehuacan and Puebla regions, probably because Agave salmiana is considered to be the great wine making agave “maguey de pulque” and was long cultivated for this purpose.

The epithet ferox is due to the hard and long up to 8 cm apical spines. It has a massive stature, urceolate form and shiny green leaves with short acuminate leaf tips.


These striking plants are wonderful when used for accent or simply to provide some all year round foliage and often used in a pot as a patio plant, can be moved around to change the scenery or position to give more shelter Alcoholic drinks: As an ornamental it is also grown in containers where it stays much smaller than its outdoor brethren.

This plant has also been in cultivation in Europe since the 19th century. It needs a very well-drained, soil. Central magusy southern Mexico. When the plant matures and blooms the tall candelabra inflorescence rises to over 20 feet bearing yellow flowers that attract birds and bees. A real specimen agave; not for the timid but a salmjana distinct looking plant! In ancient Mexico, Ometotchtli, or Two Rabbit, was generally regarded as the supreme sslmiana of pulque, a “gift” from the gods to chase the sorrows of the human condition.

Cultivation is easy in a well-drained sandy soil with sunny exposure. Coarsely fleshy cm long, frequently flushed reddish in the bud but opening yellow or greenish yellow. For a pot culture, it requires a container of very large size to remain in an harmonious appearance.

During the winter months, one should only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata Commons category link is on Wikidata using P From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Relatively easy to propagate by seeds or by suckers. Like most agaves, the species is monocarpicthat is to say it only flowers once and then dies.

This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. It is also widely cultivated and naturalized in tropical countries. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Agave salmiana. It produces many suckers which can lead to a large colony if the suckers are not removed. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave salmiana group.


Specimens even survive in pots or in the ground in the wet winters of the south coast of England. If the young plants are exposed to too much sun, or the compost dries out, they may stop growing and often turn red; once they stop, it is often difficult to persuade them to start growing again.

Keep it in a cool, frost-free area in winter and put it out on the balcony or patio in summer. Need full sun and a very well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy or gravely soil. Berger Agave chinensis F.

The plant then dies leaving suckers that grow into replacement plants. Then green to yellow flowers emerge from the terminal end on a horizontal branching structure growing up to 6 feet in diameter.

Agave salmiana ‘Green Giant’ at San Marcos Growers

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. It can form small blisters. Agave salmiana ‘Green Giant’ Giant Agave – This architectural succulent is recognizable by its thick, graceful, dark gray-green out-curving leaves with projecting spines and massive stature, reaching to feet tall by twice as wide.