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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave 'Joe Hoak'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Cultivar: Joe Hoak
Hybridized by Hoak

Synonym:Agave desmettiana
Synonym:Agave desmetiana
Synonym:Agave mendensis
Synonym:Agave meridensis variegata

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On May 26, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am pretty sure this is an A desmettiana hybrid- it looks very similar to shape and grows similar, suckering closely just like A desmettiana... but the leaf quality and color is different. The leaves of this plant are soft, almost rubbery, and the spines are for the most part no danger (terminal spines can still you a good jab). Seems pretty wimpy in hot, blazing sun, but does great in partial sun to shade. Is a tad cold sensitive for an agave, getting a bit burned in the high 20s. Rare, and expensive plant, though rapidly becoming common... some are so variegated they are almost a see-through pale yellow. Large plants are extremely ornamental.

Just had a freeze in Los Angeles Jan 2007 of 27F for an extended period... 'melted' a significant portion of one mature plant... so now I know its limits at least.


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

Fresno, California
Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Miami, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Naples, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida

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