Agave scabra -
Amaryllidaceae, Amaryllis Family
DESCRIPTION: Basal rosette or dense spiral of long, strap-like pointed leaves.
Height: To 5 feet, flower stalk to 15 feet.
Flowers: On a long spike, lily-shaped, cream colored to greenish yellow. April
Foliage: Very rough surface, bluish-green, heavily armed on leaf margins with strong spines
Fruit: A papery capsule
Growth rate: Moderate
Sun: Full sun
Water: Do not over water
Propagation: By basal suckers
NATIVE HABITAT: Found on sandy and calcareous soils in southern Starr County.
WILDLIFE USE: Javelinas will eat the leaves, which shelter lizards. Flowers attract numerous flying insects and insect-eating birds.
COMMENTS: This species lives many years, blooms, then dies.