Summary details for Agave sisalana

Sisal

Agave sisalana

Common names: Sisal (English)

Origin: Central America

Description

Very big succulent with thick, tough leaves forming a rosette at the base; leaf rosette up to 2m high; flowering stem, up to 6m high. Leaves sword-shaped, bright to dark green; margin smooth or finely toothed; tip forming a very sharp spine. When flowering a large, asparagus-like stalk grows from the centre and rounded cushions of tubular yellow flowers with prominent stamens develop on horizontal branches near the top, as well as at the tip. Instead of producing seeds the flowers develop into small bulbils, which fall to the ground and grow into new plants.

Discussion

Planted as an ornamental as well as for fibres and security. A popular bee plant. Very high invasive potential because it multiplies fast and is very drought tolerant.  Readily invades drainage lines as well as dry, rocky habitats.

Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer

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