offsetting medium sized agave, with neat succulent rosettes, up to 75 cm
in diameter, 50 cm tall. In the garden it can become invasive, slowly
forming small compact clumps with several offsets on short rhizomes
growing close to the mother plant . Often used for hedge and animal
Leaves: few 30-40(-65) cm long, 7-10(-12) cm wide, rigid,
lanceolate/deltoide, widest toward the middle, slightly guttered on the
upper surface, stiff, flat, convex below and slightly incurved. The
leaves are colourful dark green, bluish green or purplish green sometime
lighter (usually with a hint of yellow stripe down the middle). The
terminal spine is about 1,5-2(-49 cm long, subulate, slightly decurved
and scarcely channelled. The margins is attractive, horny, brown-red
that age to pale grey as the leaf ages, contrasting well with the dark
green leaves and have straight or slightly down turned spines 5-15 mm
long (including the margin), 1-4,5 cm apart, typically occurring only on
the lower two-third of the leaf.
Flowers: Greenish-purple or greenish brown, densely set on the
upper half of a 2,5-5 m tall unbranched spike. Pedicel 3-4 mm long.
Blooming season: Often in the spring.
Fruits: 2,2 cm x 1,5 cm long capsules.
Seeds: 4 x 3 mm oblong.
There are two recognized
A. ghiesbreghtii var. leguayana Characterized by longer
leaves with closely spaced theeth.
A. ghiesbreghtii var. rohanii With compact concave
Note: It can be
distinghuished by A. lophantha and A. lechugulla
by its leaves that are wider in the centre of the blade and a little
curved and for the small straight teeth and the uniform , not striated
leaf surface. It differs from
A. schidigera by its lack of filaments, and wider and fewer