Agave vilmoriniana is the Latin name for Octopus agave. It is so named because of its arching and undulating leaves that resemble an octopus.
It takes ten years for the agave to produce its impressive towering stalk, which can reach up to 20 feet. After flowering, the plant dies, making it monocarpic.
I’d like to thank my friend Jose Hernandez for introducing me to this plant. He taught me how to tend to it, where to plant it, and not to be saddened by its glorious end.
You can see ours before it’s finished blooming . You can hardly miss it as you come and go from our Laurel Grove entrance—enjoy it while it lasts!