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Agave virginica

Agave virginica L.

eastern false-aloe

Agave virginica (Eastern False-aloe)
Image ID: 12570
Image by: Cressler, Alan M.
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: AGVI6
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Agave virginica
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-11-08
SELECTED SYNONYM: Manfreda virginica

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: AGAVE
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Agave
GENUS AUTHORITY: L.
GENUS COMMON: Agave
GENUS SUMMARY: A genus of ca. 200 species, rosette shrubs, of tropical and neotropical New World.
GENUS IDENTIFICATION:
GENUS REFERENCES: Reveal & Hodgson in FNA (2002a); Verhoek in FNA (2002a).

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: AGAVAC
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Agavaceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: Endlicher 1841
FAMILY COMMON: Agave Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 25 genera and 640 species, herbs and rosette shrubs, of temperate and tropical America. The placement of Camassia, Schoenolirion, and Hastingsia, sometimes grouped as Hyacinthaceae subfamily Chlorogaloideae, has been uncertain; they are better placed in the Agavaceae, a position supported by molecular, serological, and biogeographic evidence. Hostaceae is included here based on recent molecular analyses (Steele et al. 2012).
FAMILY REFERENCE: Verhoek & Hess in FNA (2002a); Steele et al. (2012); Bogler & Simpson (1995, 1996); Verhoek in Kubitzki (1998a); Kubitzki in Kubitzki (1998a); Speta in Kubitzki (1998a).

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: Rosette-forming, succulent perennial found in shallow soil associated with granite flatrocks, diabase glades, limestone and dolomite barrens and glades; also seen in dry woodlands over mafic or calcareous rocks, sandhill woodlands and dry road banks.
STEMS: Stem underground.
LEAVES: Leaves in a basal rosette, ascending to widely spreading, strap-like, to 20 in. long, somewhat folded longitudinally, succulent, pale green and sometimes spotted purple.
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS: Flowers 10–60 in a spike at the top of a tall, thick stem rising from the center of the basal rosette; pale greenish-tan; about 1 in. long; tubular with 6 linear lobes and 6 purple-speckled stamens.
FRUITS: Fruit a cylindric, 3-lobed capsule.
COMMENTS: Blooms at night; very fragrant.
HEIGHT: 3-6 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT:
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION: Evergreen

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY:
BLOOM TIME: May-Aug
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
x x x x x

BLOOM COLOR: Pale greenish-tan
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
x x

FRUITING PERIOD: Aug-Oct.

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Disturbed, Dry forests, Outcrops and glades, Woods margins
NATIVE RANGE: eastern United States

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Eastern false-aloe is an unusual SE native perennial primarily grown for its striking architectural foliage. In the winter, the plant goes dormant down to its succulent rootstock. Each spring, it produces a rosette of fleshy spineless leaves that may eventually spread as wide as 3 feet. Its flowers are small and fragrant. Its upright stalk of up to 30 pale yellow-orange three-lobed flowers can reach 6 feet in height. Eastern false-aloe is found growing in rocky glades and open woods, usually on alkaline soil.

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Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Dry, Well-drained
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 6
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE:
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
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GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
316 2011-0183 2011-07-12 321 View
2476 1986-2325 View
2774 1987-0270 View
4647 1992-0803 View
8971 1993-0008 0000-00-00 1646 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
321 HORT 2004-10-15 Lewandowski View
1646 HORT 1992-09-01 View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
735 316 38 Mixon 2011-05-16 View
736 316 42 Mixon 2011-05-16 View
4205 2476 27 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4206 2476 143 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4608 2774 124 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View
6976 4647 200 NCBG staff 1993-03-01 View
7069 8971 51 NCBG staff 1993-05-05 View
7070 8971 54 NCBG staff 1993-05-05 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: AGVI6
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ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Agavaceae Endlicher 1841 (Agave Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 25 genera and 640 species, herbs and rosette shrubs, of temperate and tropical America. The placement of Camassia, Schoenolirion, and Hastingsia, sometimes grouped as Hyacinthaceae subfamily Chlorogaloideae, has been uncertain; they are better placed in the Agavaceae, a position supported by molecular, serological, and biogeographic evidence. Hostaceae is included here based on recent molecular analyses (Steele et al. 2012).
REFERENCE: Verhoek & Hess in FNA (2002a); Steele et al. (2012); Bogler & Simpson (1995, 1996); Verhoek in Kubitzki (1998a); Kubitzki in Kubitzki (1998a); Speta in Kubitzki (1998a).
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Agave L. (Agave)
SUMMARY: A genus of ca. 200 species, rosette shrubs, of tropical and neotropical New World.
REFERENCE: Reveal & Hodgson in FNA (2002a); Verhoek in FNA (2002a).

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Agave virginica in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Agave virginica in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Agave virginica in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Agave virginica in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Agave virginica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Agave virginica

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 12570
ID IMAGE2: 12570
ID IMAGE3: 12570

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Image ID: 24467
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