Toumey Agave is a member of the agave
small agave has light green leaves to 8 inches in length with white
threads along the edges and a very sharp point. Leaves grow from a
central location to form a compact, circular rosetteof 100 or more
leaves at maturity. The plant grows on rocky slopes in chaparral at
elevations between 4000 and 5000 feet.
The agave was named after James
W. Toumey who was dean and a professor of the Yale University
School of Forestry until his death in 1932.
Toumey Agave blooms only once during its lifetime.
When the plant reaches maturity, it produces a large flower stalk,
which grows to 6 feet in height. The stalk produces an elongated
cluster of green or pale yellow flowers to 1 inch in length between
May and July. After blooming, the plant begins to whither and die.