Green Goblet Agave
Agave salmiana 'Green Goblet'
Green Goblet Agave
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Plant Height: 4 feet
Flower Height: 10 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6
Other Names: Century Plant
A rosettte forming succulent with gracefully arching dark green leaves that are bluish at the base; towering spikes with clusters of bright yellow flowers when rosettes mature; a great visual accent for rockeries or dry gardens
Green Goblet Agave features bold spikes of yellow cup-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. It has attractive dark green foliage. The succulent sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Green Goblet Agave is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Green Goblet Agave is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Green Goblet Agave will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 10 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Green Goblet Agave makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.