Sacred Mountain agave
The Tonto Basin of central Arizona
Rocky hillsides, grassland, woodland
Pale yellow/green; a branched inflorescence up to 20 feet tall. Blooms in midsummer
Along with agave delamateri and agave yavapaiensis, agave verdensis is a recently-discovered, central Arizona species of agave that reproduces primarily via roots and offsets rather than seeds, and is thought to be a relic of ancient civilizations, cultivated for food and materials. All three are found in the Verde Valley and a few nearby sites; the main source of agave verdensis are the slopes of Sacred Mountain, a little way east of Montezuma Castle National Monument close to Wet Beaver Creek.
Agave verdensis plants form open rosettes of thick, bluish-grey leaves up to 18 inches long and 5 inches across, widest towards the tip. Leaves have a somewhat irregular arrangement. Edge teeth vary in size and separation. The terminal spine is about 1.5 inches long.