CPC Plant Profile: Shaw's Agave
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Shaw's Agave (Agave shawii)

Agave shawii—Agave de la costa. Included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list [2.1] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere). Agave shawii—Agave de la costa There is also a population at Point Loma although the natural provenance of this patch is questionable. Our Agave shawii blooms nearly every year now. Photographed at Regional Parks Botanic Garden located in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: John Rusk © 2017
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 145119
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 12/01/2021

Agave shawii is a rosette forming succulent, it can be either solitary or form clonal colonies. It typically flowers it late spring or early summer, though it can flower during fall in years of heavy summer rain. Agave shawii can grow for 20-40 years before producing a 15 inflorescence of purple-red bracts and tubular yellow flowers.


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Taxon Agave shawii
Authority Engelm.
Family Asparagaceae
CPC Number 6017
ITIS 182693
Common Names Coastal Agave | Shaw's Agave | Maguey Primavera
Associated Scientific Names Agave shawii | Agave orcuttiana | Agave pachyacantha
Distribution Agave shawii is endemic to northern Baja California and San Diego County. It is found only in a narrow strip of coastal habitat within this region. In San Diego County there are only two natural and two re-introduced populations. The species is believed to be more abundant in Baja California.
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Agave shawii grows in coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities.

Ecological Relationships

Ecological relationships are unknown.

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