<i>Octopus agave or agave vilmoriniana:</i> Since its leaves are toothless, this sprightly agave can be planted near walkways and patios without fear of attacking people. Its high-arching, twisting leaves give another design option.
Octopus agave (Agave vilmoriniana) grows to about 4 feet in diameter and 5 feet tall. A “soft” agave, its leaves lack teeth and its tips come to a point but are not sharp. In the landscape, it provides a graceful, fountainlike form.