Agave decipiens

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False Sisal


Plant Specifics

Size:4-5 (8) ft tall by 5 (8) ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
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: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Calcarious



Larval host for Yucca Giant Skipper (Megathymus yuccae) and Cofaqui Giant Skipper (Megathymus cofaqui).  Pollinated by moths.

Native Habitats:Coastal hammocks, shell middens, dry coastal uplands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General 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.