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Hohokam Century Plant

Agave murpheyi

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bats, moths, bees
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
5 × 4
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season February-June
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Bluish green leaves with distinct bud prints and numerous offsets
Fruit Typically produces bulbils (small plantlets along the stem) rather than fruit
Longevity
In years
14
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Elevation Range 1315-3280 ft.
Ethnobotany Historically used for fiber or roasted and used as an food source. Can also be distilled into an alcoholic beverage.
Description This Agave is generally found near archeological sites connected to the Hohokam culture of Arizona. Hohokam Agave is relatively fast growing for the genus and produces numerous offsets while flower stalks produce abundant bulb-like plantlets which can be used to reproduce the plant. This is a medium sized Agave, but like all species in the genus should be given plenty of room to avoid contact with the marginal teeth and terminal spines.