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PlantFiles: King Ferdinand Agave
Agave nickelsiae

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Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: nickelsiae (nik-EL-see-ay) (Info)

Synonym:Agave fernandi-regis

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic

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:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Bronto On Dec 6, 2013, Bronto from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

Tolerates sun in central Arizona and shows no signs of frost damage down to at least 25F. Supplemental water will allow it to grow faster with fatter, more robust leaves. Offsets just enough that you will never run out of the plant after it dies after blooming. Blooms have been tall in the stalk but short on flowers.

Positive palmbob On Nov 16, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

IN addition to these these two plants looking quite distinct, there does not appear to be any 'transition' forms in nature, which one would expect to see if these two were really the same species. The plants either look distinctly like this, or like a form of agave victoriae-reginae, and nothing in between.

Positive palmbob On Feb 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This agave looks a bit like Agave victoriae-reginae only it has larger, thicker and less leaves in its crown. The larger and more separated leaves show even more the white pattern left by the leaves that were once on top during development... a very show plant. Slow to sucker, but it seems to. Don't know much else about it, other than it is often used in crosses with other agaves.

Recently some authors (lumpers) have included this into Agave victoriae-reginae, but a well respected collector and grower of Agaves is pretty firm about these being two completely separate species as they are not even remotely close to each other in Mexico, and their enviroment varies quite a bit- this one growing on hills and flat, rocky areas, while A victoriae tends to grow on very steep hillsides and cliffs. Also this plant grows to nearly twice the size of the other.

Regional...

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

Grenoble,
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Hesperia, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Roswell, New Mexico
Olympia, Washington



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