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Products > Agave attenuata 'Huntington Blue'
Agave attenuata 'Huntington Blue' - Blue Fox Tail 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 (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. 'Boutin Blue', A. 'Nova']
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave attenuata 'Huntington Blue' (Blue Fox Tail Agave) - A selection of A. attenuata that was propagated by a micropropagation (tissue culture) laboratory that grows to about 3-4 feet tall by as wide. Since the beautiful Agave attenuata 'Nova', a blue form of Agave attenuata, was distributed by the Huntington Botanic Garden, we originally presumed that 'Huntington Blue' would be the same as the cultivar 'Nova' and hoped to supplement our vegetatively propagated plants with these. Culture and growth patterns are otherwise similar to .

Agave attenuata 'Nova' was originally a selection of Agave attenuata collected along a high rocky cliff at 7,200 feet in the Sierra de Manantlan by Myron Kimnach and Fred Boutin in 1970 and seedlings from these plants were originally distributed by the Huntington Botanic Garden through their International Succulent Introductions program as ISI#1442 Agave attenuata S.-D. var nov. in 1984 and again in 1990 as ISI# 9038 Agave attenuata 'Nova'. While there is considerable variability in the original plants distributed, the most desirable forms have much bluer-gray coloration than this form. We first grew this plant in 2006 and while this cultivar is certainly an attractive plant, we felt that other selections are more attractive and in 2008 we decided to no longer actively propagate or sell this selection. 

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