Agave deserti
This plant is endemic to desert regions in northern California, Arizona, and Baja California.  Its yellow tall stalk dots dried rocky slopes and dried riverbeds through spring.
The leaf is grey-green and succulent and can grow 20 to 70 cm in length and 4.5 to 10 cm in width to form a rosette.  The leaf has sharp spines at its rim and tip.  When mature, after 20 to 40 years, the flower stalk extends 2 to 6 m in length to bloom from its base and go up to its tip.  Numerous flowers which are yellow, 3 to 6 cm in length, and funnel-shaped bloom on the spike from the flower stalk.
Indians living in the desert regions made cloth, string, and rope with a fiber from the leaf, and baked its young flower stalk, sprout, and heart to eat.  Native people in the southern California commonly harvested its head, and baked its leaves and hearts to eat.  They were able to harvest these even in a drought year, therefore they were sometimes very important food products.
Alcoholic drinks are also made with the sweet juice from this plant or other agaves.
This plant is resistant to dryness but requires good drainage.
Agave diserti has two species.
Agave deserti var. deserti;
This plant produces many rosettes.  The perianth tube is 3 to 5 cm in length.  It is distributed only in southern California.
Agave deserti var. simplex (Gentry) W.C.Hodgson & Reveal;
This plant produces one or a few rosettes.  The perianth tube is 5 to 10 cm in length.  It is distributed in southern California and Arizona.
Classification Agavaceae Agave
Scientific name Agave deserti
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Native locality Northern California, Arizona, and Baja California
Ecological description Succulent
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Planting place Saguaro Greenhouse
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