Agave decipiens

false sisal


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-5 (8) ft    Width: 5 (8) ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. Plant where its pointy foliage will be an asset but not be touched.
Considerations: Sharp pointed leaves and sap that can be irritating to the skin. Only blooms once.
Propagation: Seed and basal root cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Calcarious


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host for Yucca Giant Skipper (Megathymus yuccae) and Cofaqui Giant Skipper (Megathymus cofaqui).
Native Habitats: Coastal hammocks, shell middens, dry coastal uplands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Can be distinguished from non-native agave by its bare basal trunk. Endemic to southern peninsular Florida from the Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Martin and Manatee counties.