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False-sisal
Agave decipiens
Asparagaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat resptorations. Also as an accent shrub in rock gardens and spiny barrier plantings along the coast.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A somewhat rare element of coastal hammocks and thickets, especially along the edges.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Largo at Wilcox Nursery and Landscape (727-595-2073).
Description:
Medium shrub with prickly leaves in a basal rosette on a short trunk.
Dimensions:
Typically 4-8 feet in height; to 20 feet when in flower in South Florida. Usually taller than broad, but large plants may fall over and begin ascending again.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Endemic to southern peninsular Florida from the Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Martin and Manatee counties.
Habitats:
Coastal hammocks and thickets.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Greenish-yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy inflorescence; the flowers are fetid.
Flowering Season:
Fall-winter.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seeds or basal offshoots.
Comments:
Similar to the invasive sisal hemp (Agave sisalana), but with a short trunk.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Karolina Weclawska
cultivated plant in South Florida
Karolina Weclawska
cultivated plants in South Florida
Karolina Weclawska
cultivated plant in South Florida