Agave (Agave utahensis)

Other common names (Agave utahensis subsp. utahensis, Agave newberryi, Agave eborispina, Agave nevadensis, Agave utahensis var. discretaWhere you usually find it
Dry desert areas that are generally sandy and well draining. It is often used along with other agave as an ornamental plant.



The Agave genus contains approximately 257 to 341 species that belong to the Agavaceae family. The type species of the genus is Agave americana.

Agave utahensis is native to the southwest desert in the USA. It is native in the states of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California. A perennial plant, it grows long succulent leaves that can be eaten when young (basal rosettes). It will grow a flower inflorescence/stem that can get as tall as 6-12 feet in best conditions for the end of its life. The young shoots can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable and the flower petals and fruits can also be eaten.

The leaves are a great resource for making cordage or to use for making baskets, mats, and other creative items that may include sandals for fishing nets. The root of this plant has a lot of saponins and can be used as a soap substitute. nectar is usually created from the blue Agave which is common in southern Mexico but not generally found in Utah.


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