Though it doesn’t quite look like the quintessential agave rosette, we’ve grown quite fond of the Squid Agave’s unique form. Likely the easiest agave to cultivate here in the Pacific Northwest, the Squid Agave needs little more than a slight slope in full sun. We’ve planted this one where we probably shouldn’t have and it’s never complained about it, though we still recommend planting in sharp draining soil in full sun. Perfect for adding some “under the sea vibes” to your garden!
Plant in extremely well draining soil in the brightest conditions if planting in ground. Otherwise it makes a fantastic container specimen and can be brought indoors when very cold weather is in the forecast.
Latin Name: Agave bracteosa
Site and Soil: Full sun and very well-draining soil. Very drought tolerant once established and will need little to no supplemental watering during the summer season, though an occasional monsoon in the hottest months speeds growth.
Hardiness: Hardy to approx. 0º F, possibly lower with great drainage.
Size at Maturity: 1-2 ft. in height by 2 ft. wide
Bloom Time: late spring to summer, every few decades
Pests & Diseases: We’ve not seen agaves bothered by pests or diseases here in Oregon.
USDA Zone: 7a