Donate now to support the LLIFLE projects.
Your support is critical to our success.
Agave stricta Salm-Dyck
Bonplandia 7(7): 94 (-95) 1859 Notes = striata

Agave stricta (Needle Leaf Agave)
Agave stricta (Needle Leaf Agave)
(A young specimen) It is a mid-sized Agave that forms perfectly spherical rosettes up to 80 cm in diameter, that consist of countless hard, narrow leaves with a pronounced terminal spike.


See all synonyms of Agave stricta
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave stricta Salm-Dyck
Bonplandia 7(7): 94 (-95) 1859
Synonymy: 3 Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave stricta f. nana Minas Asbestos

Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave stricta f. rubra hort.


Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Hedgehog Agave, Globe Agave, Needle Leaf Agave, Needle Agave
FINNISH (Suomi): Siiliagaave
RUSSIAN (Русский): Агава прямая

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave striata complex-group

  • Agave striata Zucc.: Dense, suckering rosette succulent with unique spiny pencil-like foliage, with nice spherical growth that branch profusely from the base. It very similar to Agave stricta, and can be easily confused with a Yucca.
  • Agave striata var. californica (Jacobi) A.Terracc. in A.Terracc.
  • Agave striata f. minima: Dwarf plant that only reach a maximum size of 15-25 cm.
  • Agave stricta (Needle Leaf Agave)Agave stricta Salm-Dyck: Forms large individual rosettes, with hundreds of thin leaves, 30 to 100 cm in height and width. This species has the tightest spherical shape of any agave and looks like a very nasty porcupine. .
  • Agave stricta f. nana Minas Asbestos: It is a very small selection that forms a compact spherical rosette, with many stiff, very narrow, glaucous-blue linear leaves. Will form offshoots to create a colony of rosettes.
  • Agave stricta f. rubra hort.: (a.k.a. Red form) it has thin red longitudinal lines on the leaves. The red colouratin enhances under stress condition (drought, strong sun and cold expecially in winter)

418 cactus-art Cactus Art
Agave stricta Photo by: Cactus Art
Send a photo of this plant.

The gallery now contains thousands of pictures, however it is possible to do even more. We are, of course, seeking photos of species not yet shown in the gallery but not only that, we are also looking for better pictures than those already present. Read More...

Your Actions
Agave Back to Agave index
Agavaceae Back to Agavaceae index
Succulents Back to Succulents Encyclopedia index