Agave, Century Plant, Maguey, Sierra Mixteca Agave

Agave oteroi

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: oteroi
Additional cultivar information:(aka Felipe Otero, FO-076)


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Talked to a field collector who has extensive experience with growing, collecting and identifying Agaves.. .he has seen these and A titanotas in the wild in the Oaxaca area and it is his opinion the two are most definitely the same species, though obviously extremes, but along a contineum seen in nature. The primary population of this Agave is only across a road from the Aloe titanota population, and among this population were many forms and transitional plants that had a significant variation in size and 'blueness', with some being indistinguishable from the A titanotas across the street. However, giving this one a different name, for cultivational purposes, is still a nice way to reflect their differences.. .but in terms of being a different species, that is not so clear.


On Feb 2, 2005, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is being labeled in many places as Agave titanota, which is not accurate.
It is actually a descendant of a field collected specimen in Oaxaca, Mexico (nearby where A. titanota is native to).
Tenatively Known as 'Agave sp. Sierra Mixteca FO-076' or 'Agave sp. Nr.1'
Mine was labeled as 'Agave FO-076' (the FO-076 being the field collection number,,,Felipe Otero is the one who did the field collection.)

This is one of my favorites just added to my garden.

Agave 'FO-076' has now been officially described and named Agave oteroi (CSSA Journal, June 5, 2019).