Agave Stricta Rubra
A selected “red” form of “Hedgehog Agave” that takes on a reddish coloration, especially with drought, heat or cold stress. Forming large, 1-2' high and wide spherical rosettes of flexible, quill-like leaves with a spiny terminal tip, this rare, high elevation Mexican native furnishes enormous architectural & sculptural appeal. A true perennial, it freely develops offsets after a few years to form magnificent, dense colonies. 5 stars in a container! Requires excellent drainage, i.e. lots of gravel, grit or lava rock. Hardy to 23 degrees F. Agave stricta f. rubra is a red form of Agave stricta that takes on a reddish coloration, especially with drought, heat or cold stress. It is a succulent, evergreen perennial, up 20 inches (50 cm) tall, with rosettes of narrow, spine-tipped leaves up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. The flowers are small, reddish and borne in dense, erect racemes up to 6.6 feet (2 m) long. USDA hardiness zones 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).