A giant among agaves, A. sisaliana is unknown in the wild, but has been in cultivation for thousands of years.
The blue leaves can be over a metre long, resulting in a plant that at maturity can be 2 or 3 metres across, often on a short thick trunk.
As a young plant it is an easy and rewarding specimen to grow in the conservatory, perhaps for later transferral outdoors.
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Unknown in the wild, Agave sisaliana is thought to be a sterile hybrid between other Agaves dating back to antiquity.
It is an important crop in many parts of the world where it is cultivated on vast farms. It is famous for both its speed of growth and for the production of fibres which are made into rope, string, cloth and other materials in many parts of the world.
The magnificent flower spike grows up to 6 metres tall and truly is a sight to behold. It produces literally hundreds of bulbils, which already have roots when they fall to the ground. After this the mother plant collapses and dies, as most Agaves do, because they are monocarpic.
Care & Size Guidance
Agave sisaliana is not particularly cold hardy (down to around -4°c), but in milder areas and well drained soil and shelter from rain it will survive all but the coldest winters.