Agave filifera seeds – (Thread Leaf Agave)


A handsome agave which is used to provide a focal point in beds ,borders, rock gardens and is an excellent container plant. It is quite hardy and will withstand some frost. In temperate areas of New Zealand it can be grown outside.

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Agave filifera is a small to medium sized agave which grows in an  attractive rosette formation of leathery leaves each ending in a stout stiff spine. The leaves are dark green and have  very handsome white curling threads along the edges. It will produce a flower stem 2,5 m at the end of which are purple and green blooms, but the plant is mainly grown for the attractive rosette of leaves. The main rosette dies after it has produced flowers but usually new plantlets sprout from the base to start a new life cycle. It also produces suckers freely.

Sowing advice

Sow in late spring and summer – ideal temp 23 deg C. Sow in pots or trays
Soak seeds overnight (up to 36  hours)  in water to start the germination process. Cover the seeds to their own depth with seed raising mix. Germinate in full sun at 23 deg C. and keep moist until seeds are established, and the roots are fully developed.  Once established allow to dry between watering but do not allow to become too dry .Keep warm over the first winter, and plant out in late spring.

Additional information


Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Thread Leaf Agave



Maximum Height

approx 60 cm

Number of seeds in packet

approx 20