Agave, Lechuguilla Agave, Shin Dagger
Chihuahuan Desert; a Texas native.
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
About This Plant
Full sun. Evergreen. Thick yellow-green rosettes are tipped with hard, sharp spines that easily pierce rubber, leather and skin. Lechuguilla grows in spreading colonies. It’s been used to provide easy erosion control on steep slopes (see it in San Antonio at the McNay Art Museum and on the shoulders of US 281 alongside the Sunken Gardens). If you have deer and thin limestone soil, it makes a nice barrier plant.
Prune to remove dead, top-heavy or excess growth. Pups can be extracted with a shovel. Heavy gloves, a long-handled shovel and pruners will be needed. Avoid adding it to compost, since the hard thorns don’t break down.
1-2' H, 2-3' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Blue, Purple, Red, Yellow
May, June, July
Very strong, stout spines and sharply toothed leaves require very careful placement and handling. Poisonous to livestock; contains toxic compounds.