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False-sisal
Agave decipiens
Asparagaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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.

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Karolina Weclawska
cultivated plant in South Florida

Copyright by: Karolina Weclawska
cultivated plants in South Florida

Copyright by: Karolina Weclawska
cultivated plant in South Florida


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