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Agave gracielae - Slender-leaved Agave
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
A small clustering agave with rosettes 6 to 12 inches tall by a foot wide with smooth dark green leaves. This plant has not been cultivation yet but guessing it will tolerate full coastal sun to light shade with occasional infrequent irrigation. It hardiness is not known other than its ability to tolerate the mild winter temperatures that have occurred in Santa Barbara in recent years. This plant is found on limestone rocky outcrops in oak-pine woodlands and montane rain forests in the Mexican states of Querétaro and San Luis Potosí. This is a recently described species by Raquel Galván and Sergio Zamudio first published in the October 2013 issue of Acta Botánica Mexicana>/i> (no.105). This species has characteristics that include it in the Striatae group and within this group it is most closely related to A. dasylirioides, A. petrophila and A. rzedowskiana (described in 2003) and it is closest in size and habit to the later, forming a cluster of many rosettes 35-75 cm wide and holding many (65-230) leaves. Its leaves are more flexible and smoother than A. rzedowskiana and has shorter flower stalks (42-170 cm vs. 150-245 cm) that are decumbent and hold green flowers that have a short basal tube while A. rzedowskiana has more open purple-green campulate flowers on an upright inflorescence. The specific epithet comes from the Latin root gracilis meaning slender, presumably in reference to its slender narrow leaves. Our plants from a seed collection made from near the village of Las Rusias in the Valle de los Fantasmas, east of San Luis Potosi.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have 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 gracielae
 
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