Black Widow Agave
An especially fine textured selection of Agave schidigera, Black Widow is named for its numerous long white filaments that come off the leaves and resemble the texture of a spider’s web. A bit smaller growing than some agave species, these make an excellent potted specimen for growers in colder climates, but is hardy to about 10º F as long as they are kept fairly dry in the cold winter months.
Plant in extremely well draining soil in the brightest conditions if planting in ground. Watering in the summertime will lead to faster growth and a large specimen. Otherwise it makes a fantastic container plant and can be brought indoors when very cold weather is in the forecast.
Latin Name: Agave schidigera
Site and Soil: Full sun and very well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant once established and will need little to no supplemental watering during the summer season, though a bit of summer water speeds growth.
Hardiness: Hardy to approx. 10º F so long as drainage is good and there is minimal winter moisture.
Color: Dark green
Size at Maturity: 18 inches in height by 22 inches wide
Bloom Time: Early spring through summer every 10-20 years or so
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 5-11