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Agave oteroi - Sierra Mixteca Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. FO-076, A. titanota Sierra Mixteca]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Agave oteroi 'Felipe Otero' (FO-076) (Sierra Mixteca Agave) - This is a striking mid-sized agave that grows slowly to 2-3 feet tall by 3 feet wide. It has broad, relatively short, gray-green leaves with a reddish-brown terminal spine and large recurved teeth along the leaf margins that emerge a golden color and age to a gray white. The leaf margins themselves age to the same color as the spines which gives this plant a very distinctive look. This plant was originally distributed as Agave titanota and later as Agave sp. "Sierra Mixteca" with the Felipe Otero collection designation FO-076 and noted in Japanese nurseries under the name Agave sp. No.1. It was finally described as a species, Agave oteroi by Greg Starr and Tristan Davis in the Summer 2019 issue of Cactus and Succulent Journal (Vol. 91 N. 2). It seems to have affinities with Agave titanota, which has very gray-colored leaves but some speculate that it is a hybrid of A. titanota or a form or hybrid of A. horrida and the name A. horrida var. oteroi is also been used. Whatever you call this plant, it is very attractive. Plant in full sun along the coast but give some protection from afternoon sun in hot interior gardens. It has proven cold hardy to 23 F but leaf margins burn much below this. It is a very nice landscape plant and its smaller size make it a good potted specimen. Our original plant came from Abbey Garden in 1992 but later we grew seed from a plant that flowered in the garden of Santa Barbara succulent collector David Tufenkian and from these seeds we selected a very compact plant we named Agave 'Filigree that is somewhat similar to a plant we got from Guy Wrinkle labeled 'Kyoto'. We also in the past an odd form that grew up on leafy stem that we called A. titanota 'Lanky Wanky' that also seems to fit in best with Agave oteroi. 

This information about Agave oteroi displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.