|The Shindagger is a small species of
agave with narrow, straight leaves which grow to
a foot in length. The leaves have no teeth, but have a sharp point which
gives the plant its name. They are able to reproduce by forming new
shoots from their underground root system, so you will often see the
plant growing in large, genetically identical colonies. The Shindagger
grows in southern Arizona and northern Mexico and mainly inhabits desert
grassland and oak forests between 4000 and 7000 feet in elevation.
The Shindagger is more fomally
known as the Schott Agave.
The plant usually blooms in the summer, and like other
agaves, produces a tall flower stalk. The flower stalk grows to between
6 to 8 feet in height and bears yellow, tubular flowers, which are
followed by woody fruit capsules.