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Agave gypsophila - Gypsum Century Plant
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Agave gypsophila (Gypsum Century Plant) - This small sprawling succulent, to 2 to 3 feet tall and as wide, forms a single open rosette of wavy gray colored leaves with small narrowly-spaced soft spines along the margins. Young emerging pale gray-green leaves clasp together in a tube-like manner before expanding out and turning more wavy and grayer in color. When the infrequent flowering occurs, the yellow flowers are born on 6 to 8 foot tall panicle. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Protect from frost - this Agave is noted to be severely damaged at temperatures below 25F. Because of its frost sensitivity and preference to a shady location, we grow this plant in a light shade and recommend placement in a similar situation or in morning sun. A curious and attractive plant that is very different from other Agave. Makes a good container plant. Found naturally growing on gypsum hillsides (hence the name) and also on calcareous soils in the Mexican States of Colim, Jalisco, Michoacan and Guerrero.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave gypsophila.
 
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