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Mescal

Agave spp.

Also known as

Sisal

Agave macroacantha 1 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

2m

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Mescal Overview

Agave is a genus containing around 269 succulent perennials from the Asparagaceae family. They are well adapted to dry desert and mountainous regions. Flowering can take up to 10 years for smaller species (30cm) and between 20-40 years for taller species (5m). These plants are termed monocarpic as they tend to flower once, then die. Flower spikes form from the centre, bearing funnel-shaped, brightly coloured flowers in clusters on mostly leafless stems. Getting the conditions right for flowering when grown as a houseplant can be tricky, and rosettes only flower once before dying. Fleshy foliage is arranged in rosettes, leaves are distinctly rigid, sword-shaped and toothed on the edges, with sharp spikes which enlarge as the plant grows.

Common problems with Mescal

How to propagate Mescal

Seed

Division

Offsets in spring or autumn

Special features of Mescal

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Other uses of Mescal

Agave tequilana is pulped and fermented, turning the sugars into alcohol, to create the Mexican drink Tequila. Agave sisalana, or sisal, is made from the leaf fibres of the plant. Uses include strong, sunlight resistant rugs and carpets, cords, sandals and baskets.

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