Agave geminiflora is a beautiful pincushion type agave that forms a dense, compact rosette between 18-36" tall and wide. Its numerous narrow leaves are arranged symmetrically and give the plant a dramatic silhouette, whether planted in a container or in the ground. Two of the best features of this agave are that it stays fairly small and although its leaf tips can be sharp, they're not lethal like some of its close relatives!
This selection, 'Rasta Man,' takes its name from the fine, curly, creamy-white filaments along the edges of the leaves.
It can be planted in full sun, but is also surprisingly tolerant of shady spots. On the coast, it should be planted in full sun to achieve the best form.
It's heat and drought tolerant and cold hardy to 25°F, although it'll survive occasional night time temperatures of 22°F.
The specific name 'geminiflora' comes from the Latin for "twin-flowered" and refers to the fact that the yellow flowers are arranged in pairs along the stem. The flower stem is produced when the plant is mature and is a tall vertical spike that can grow as tall as 9-12'.
Agaves look dramatic in pots and twin-flowered agave is a good choice for a container because it doesn't grow too big. Use a fast-draining potting soil in the container, such as a ready-mixed, store-bought cactus mix. Alternatively, make your own by adding perlite or pumice to regular potting soil. We suggest mixing 4 parts potting soil with one part perlite or pumice. Water the container well when it's first planted, then only water it when the soil dries out. Apply a water-soluble fertilizer such as fish emulsion to the soil once a year. Don't over-fertilize as this will cause the agave to grow too fast and will ultimately shorten its life.
Native to oak woodlands at 3,000-4,000 feet (900-1,200 meters) near Ocotillo in the Mexican state of Nayarit.
Choose the planting location carefully bearing in mind the mature size of the plant so that the tight rosette can mature without interference.