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Agave attenuata
 The agave attenuata is a popular plant amongst gardeners and landscapers for a number of reasons. They have bold sword shape leaves and strong colours. They look great in a variety of landscaped designs whether they are the focal point (feature plant) or slotted in amongst other plants. The also have a rare and unusual but amazing flower which grows more than ten times the height of the plant.
 
 A Popular Plant
 Agaves have become more popular in recent times because of their ecology and hardiness. With climate change and accelerated population increases, many urban areas experience droughts and water restrictions once or twice a decade. Selecting drought resistant plants such as agaves are an environmentally and economically responsible choice. As technology improves, our lives become busier leaving less time for pruning, spraying, fertilizing and watering so agaves are a wise choice for these modern times.
 
 A Good Choice
 Agaves are adaptable and grow well in a variety of environments including harsh climates and they are rarely affected by pests or disease. They can withstand strong sun, strong winds and poor soil. Their low maintenance makes them ideal for first home buyers and novice gardeners. Since advanced agaves are quite heavy, relocating and transporting is complicated pushing up the value and sale price of large agaves. Placing small agave plants in a new garden may not produce instant results but when the garden becomes established, the developed agaves will look valuable and prove to be a wise investment.
 

 As long as agaves have a chance to dry out and are protected from frost, they will become a healthy attractive plant.

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