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Products > Agave cupreata 'Gray Form'
 
Agave cupreata 'Gray Form' - Dwarf Gray Cowhorn
  
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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: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave cupreata 'Gray Form' (Gray Dwarf Cowhorn) A medium sized non-suckering Agave that grows to 1 to 2 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with broad gray-green leaves that have dark copper-colored spines on large mammilate protrusions (teats) along the slightly wavy margins. The dark teeth contrast well with the light gray-green leaves that also display well the bud imprinting that occurs when the leaves press up against the margins of the newer leaves in the center of the plant. This species has been aptly described as looking like a larger green Agave colorata or a smaller Agave bovicornuta but this particular form is much grayer than typical Agave cupreata. It is a beautiful garden plant and is suitable for container gardening. The species occurs naturally in the Mexican state of Guerrero and Michoacán where it grows on mountain slopes from 4,000-6,000 feet in the Río Balsas basin. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Irrigate little (if at all) to occasionally. Mostly listed as hardy to around 28° F but can go a little colder - large plants in Goleta California were not damaged at 26° F in January 2007. Our plants are a selection from seedling plants that we noted were much grayer than typical Agave cupreata. The seed was provided to us by John Bleck. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'cupre' meaning "copper" in reference to the copper colored spines of this species.  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 cupreata 'Gray Form'.
 
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