Agave ‘Blue Flame’
This evergreen succulent perennial is a hybrid of A. attenuata and A. shawii. Both parent plants contribute characteristics of graceful form, color, hardiness, terminal spine, and finely serrated margins.
The name ‘Blue Flame’ is in reference to the blue-green color striations on the succulent’s foliage. The shape of the plantresembles a flame with its gracefully incurved leaf.
The flexible, spine-tipped leaves grow in an elegant rosette. It can be a slow growing succulent but at full maturity, it can grow up to 3’ high by 5’ wide. It rarely flowers, but when in bloom (late fall and winter), it produces a long flower stalk, resembling an asparagus, with a cluster of yellow-green flowers.
‘Blue Flame’ makes a dramatic focal point or accent plant in most city, coastal, rock, or Mediterranean gardens. It can also be planted in a decorative pot. Due to the spiny nature of the plants, it is best to handle them with gloves and plant them away from paths or children’s play areas.This succulent is easily grown in slightly acidic, sandy, well-drained soils. It does well in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. It has little to moderate watering needs. In winter, keep in a frost free area. The Sunset Western Climate Zones are 13, 19-24; H1, H2. It is cold hardy to about 25°F.
It comes with many benefits to the garden! Blue Flame is deer resistant, fire resistant and virtually disease free.
We are currently growing Blue Flame in five gallon pots at the nursery.