A fast growing, non ferocious Agave that has rosettes of olive green to grey green leaves depending on its light aspect. Plants planted in more shaded positions tend to stay greener, plants in full sun and drier soils tend to go blue/grey green in colour. It looks very similar to Agave attenuata (which it is closely related) but with a few differences. The edges of the leaves on pedunculifera have slightly toothed margins, the leaves on attenuata are smooth. Attenuata produces a large trunk and is often branched, pedunculifera does not grow a trunk and although it can produce clumps it usually has a solitary rosette upto 12cm across. The flower spikes on pedunculifera are shorter, not so curving and have orange to yellow flowers.
It appears to be more cold tolerant than attenuata and we have had it tolerate temperatures down to around -3c without damage if given a sharply drained soil. Any soil will be tolerated as long as it is well drained. Full sun to part shade and is well suited to coastal gardens.