The short-growing plant forms an interesting symmetrical rosette and well-defined leaves reaching one to two feet tall and two feet wide. It is usually stem-less and solitary in its growth habit. Butterfly agave has small, attractive leaves with reddish spines along the edges and a terminal spine. The species offers variations in its leaf shape, size, and color. After about ten years, in fall or winter months, it produces a ten- to fifteen-foot tall flower spike with a panicle of light green flowers tinged with red bracts. Spotted at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo captured February 2, 2019.
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