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PlantFiles: Dwarf Butterfly Agave
Agave isthmensis

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Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: isthmensis (isth-MEN-sis) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Blue-Green
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob On May 13, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice blue-leaved agave... vigorous suckerer but suckers tend to remain very close by mother plant. Plants adjust to sun, but will burn easily leaving weird necrotic patches if suddenly exposed to sun, in a pattern I have not seen in other Agaves. Plant stays fairly small and makes a good pot plant (not taller than 12' in plants I have seen).

Some experts, who see these populations growing in the field, consider this one of many forms of A pototarum, and populations of this species are often found right next to populations of A pototarum with some inbetween forms seen as well.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grenoble,
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California



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