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Agave × arizonica
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Agave arizonica group of rosettes
Scientific classification
× arizonica

Agave × arizonica is a rare plant, endemic to Arizona. It is a hybrid between two species of Agave in the family Asparagaceae, A. chrysantha and A. toumeyana var. bella. It was discovered in the 1960s near a summit of the New River Mountains, near the Maricopa-Yavapai county line north of Phoenix, Arizona.

Agave × arizonica is a small plant about 30 cm high and 40 cm broad. Although similar to Agave utahensis, it has distinct differences in suckering more sparingly, in not forming a large dense clump, having leaves with a distinct dark brown margin and also more cylindrical flowers. Its flowers are yellow, with 10-20 per cluster, each up to 3.5 cm (1.4 in) long.

Agave Arizonica flowers
Flowers on the 11 foot tall flowering shaft of Agave x arizonica, flowers of a Palo brea (Parkinsonia praecox) tree in background.
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