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Products > Agave 'Felipe Otero' (FO-076)
Agave 'Felipe Otero' (FO-076) - Sierra Mixteca Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. titanota, Hort., A. Sierra Mixteca, A. FO-76]
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 '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. This plant has also been noted in Japanese nurseries under the name Agave sp. No.1. 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 Agave horrida. 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.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave 'Felipe Otero' (FO-076).