Agave colorata is a small, slow-growing agave featuring 5 to 8 inch wide, rough-textured, blue-gray to brilliant blue leaves with undulating and strongly toothed margins. It is similar in size and armament to its bovine cousin (Agave bovicornuta), but the blue-grey leaves are wider, with stunning leaf imprints. Leaf imprints develop during the formation of the bud..
This plant rarely forms offsets and sometimes even has a short stem below the rosette. When mature, the plant blooms in spring with red buds opening to yellow and orange flowers in a panicle on a 10 foot stalk.
Agaves need full sun and gritty soil that percolates easily. They can even do quite well when potted but use an unglazed clay pot that will allow evaporation of excess moisture.
Water needs are moderate to light depending upon the heat of the season but the Cactus should be allowed to dry out before irrigation
In growing season they benefit from the application of a granulated time release fertilizer that will provide nutrient to the plant.
Strong accent, focal point for desert gardens; oasis and xeric landscape design themes. Great for use around desert and oasis ramadas and patios. Often effectively used in mass or groups spaced at 5 to 6 feet on center.