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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. 'Nova' was a selection of A. attenuata collected along a high rocky cliff at 7,200 feet in the Sierra de Manantlan by Myron Kimnack and Fred Boutin in 1970 and seedlings from these plants were originally distributed by the Huntington Botanic Garden (ISI#1442) in 1984. While there is considerable variability in the original plants distributed, the most desirable forms have much bluer-gray coloration than this form. While 'Huntington Blue' is an attractive plant, we feel that other selections are more attractive and no longer actively propagate and grow this selection. Our own selection, we call 'Arboleda Blue', has narrow leaves such as 'Huntington Blue' but the foliage color is a blue gray, similar to 'Nova'. Culture and growth patterns are otherwise similar to the species. Hardy to about 28 degrees F.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will 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 would aid others in growing Agave attenuata 'Huntington Blue'.