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Agave 'Joe Hoak'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave desmetiana 'Joe Hoak']
Parentage: (Agave desmetiana hybrid?)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Agave 'Joe Hoak' - A very striking rosette-forming succulent to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. The graceful 2 foot long leaves, which curve upward and then out, are striated with pale gray green and cream and have a strong green margin on the lower half of the leaf. The small well-spaced marginal spines and the 1/2 inch terminal spine are reddish brown. Seen from a distance it might be confused with Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'. Plant in full sun to part shade and water regularly to occasionally (the more water and fertilizer this plant gets the faster it will grow). Outdoor hardiness is unknown although we had it outdoors during winters where the low temperature reached 28 F. We have been told that it survived to at least the mid 20's F but feel it's too beautiful to risk not covering it on cold nights. 'Joe Hoak' does great in containers or in the ground. Remove suckers to show off the beauty and form of the individual rosette. The origin of this plant is confusing. We received our first stock plant from the late Dutch Vandervort, of California, who got his start from Jim Georgusis of Harahan, Louisiana. Jim told us it came from Joe Hoak of Hoak's Nursery in Miami, Florida. It is sometimes listed as Agave meridensis variegata 'Joe Hoak' or A. meridensis (perhaps referring to the city of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula). The graceful curve to the leaf has led some to believe that this plant is a hybrid or sport of Agave desmetiana. As per Jim Georgusis, Joe Hoak himself thought this to be the case. Supporting this is the similarity to meridensis of one of A. desmetiana's synonyms, Agave miradorensis. Whatever its origins, it is one of the prettiest Agave we grow! The specific epithet "desmetiana" honors Louis De Smet (1813-1887), a Belgian horticulturist and nurseryman - this is sometimes misspelled as desmettiana.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Agave 'Joe Hoak'.