Fox tail agave
Unlike many agaves, fox tail agave (Agave attenuata) is an evergreen succulent perennial. It’s in the family of Asoaraqaceae, which produces a handsome rosette of silvery, pale green leaves.
It originates from Mexico.
The height is about 4 to 5 feet and width is about 6 to 8 feet. It loves direct sun. It is also deer tolerant and has low water needs. If you want to add drama, clump them together.
It tolerates seaside conditions but it will usually be damaged in temperatures much below 28 degrees.
Most agaves are unfazed by harsh sun, high heat and minimal water.
Their statuesque, fountain-like forms lend a sculptural element to any garden.
Visit the Sarasota Garden Club’s annual Ghostly Gala event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. It is open to the public and free.
The event showcases an array of artistic floral interpretations, specialty horticulture, and creative floral design.
Visit SarasotaGardenClub.org for details. The club is located at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts in downtown Sarasota.