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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave potatorum 'Kichiokan'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: potatorum (poh-tuh-TOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Kichiokan
Additional cultivar information: (aka Kichijokan, Kissho Kan)

Synonym:Agave potatorum var. kichiokan

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Jul 2, 2012, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a surprisingly hardy and adaptable hybrid, growing in full sun in the hottest deserts with minimal leaf burn. It is a nice smaller, compact Agave but eventually attains a size of nearly 2' in diameter and 1.5' tall. New teeth emerge as a pale orange, then quickly mature to an ornamental deep red in color which lasts a few months and gradually develops into a jet black. Leaf color is sea green or medium green with pale green margins (almost a pale yellow-green). Leaves very short, rhomboid and ending in a vicious, large, black terminal spine. Very popular show plant, too.

Neutral htop On Feb 10, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. It forms wonderful rosettes that are wider at the bottom. The margins of the gray-green leaves have a purplish/maroonish color and have large similar colored spines. The leaves are wide terminating in a wide upside-down "V". A very unusual and beautiful Agave which from afar resembles an ornamental cabbage. A great container plant.


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

Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California

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