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Agave potatorum

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: potatorum (poh-tuh-TOR-um) (Info)

Synonym:Agave scolymus
Synonym:Agave saundersii

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Cactus and Succulents

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

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cactus_lover On Nov 4, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Similar to the type of species,whitish-grey leaves with short,red-brown or yellow-brown spines.

Neutral htop On Feb 9, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This species has plants that have very variable features. Some experts have suggested that it probably should be organized into subspecies. Some are very small (called Butterfly Agave and highly prized in Japan, 8 inches by 15 inches) and others medium-sized. They grow very symmetrically staying smaller in containers. The margins are nippled and the leaves have distinct showy bud-imprints.

Positive palmbob On Feb 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Attractive wavy, blue-green-leaved small agave. This one looks a bit like Agave colorata, but not nearly as marked a wavilness along the leaf margins. However it is a highly ornamental agave still and great for smaller, open xeriscape gardens. Grows eventually up to 2' tall and 2' in diameter, so doesn't stay a small agave.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Amesti, California
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Chalmette, Louisiana
Picayune, Mississippi
Blue Diamond, Nevada
Andrews, Texas
Austin, Texas
Brady, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Magna, Utah

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