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Products > Agave horrida
 
Agave horrida - Mexcalmetl
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave horrida (Mexcalmetl) - A small rosette-forming succulent to 12 to 18 inches tall with dark green leaves and large dark spines on the leaf margins. Plant in full sun and give little irrigation. This plant survived the 1990 freeze in a Goleta, CA garden that had temperatures in the low 20's. We are not sure that this is Agave horrida but it is the closest match that we can determine. Our plants from bulbils on a inflorescence given to us by John Bleck. The bulbils were arranged in a dense mace like arrangement near the top of the 5 foot unbranched inflorescence.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate 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 might aid others in growing  Agave horrida.
 
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