Agave angustifolia tequilana (F.A.C.Weber) Valenz.-Zap. & Nabhan
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Agave tequilana is an evergreen, succulent plant forming a large rosette of leaves and, eventually, a flowering stem that can be up to 5 metres tall.
The plant is cultivated, especially around Tequila, for the preparation of agave liqueur[
C. America to southern N. America - Mexico.
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Requires a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in poor soils[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
A monocarpic species - the plant lives for a number of years without flowering but dies once it does flower. However, it normally produces plenty of suckers during its life and these continue growing, taking about 10 - 15 years in a warm climate, considerably longer in colder ones, before flowering[
The cultivar 'Azul', or blue agave, is preferred for tequila production[
The sap of the plant is concentrated to make a sugar-rich syrup known as 'Agave syrup' or 'Agave nectar'[
The sugar-rich sap is extracted from the roasted bases of the defoliated flowering stems of the plants shortly before flowering, and is then fermented and distilled into mescal and tequila[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. Known as 'Jarsia', the fibres are soft enough to be used for yarn production[
The squeezed shoot axes are used to stabilize loam-bricks[
Seed - surface sow in a container in a light position. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of well-drained soil when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position until they are at least 20cm tall.
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