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Agave weberi 'Reiner's Selection' - Reiner's Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave 'Reineri']
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave weberi 'Reiner's Selection' (Reiner's Agave) - This is a medium-large rosette-forming agave to 5 feet tall by 6-10 feet wide with broad gray-green leaves that have smooth, nearly spineless margins and a dark brown terminal spine. Bright yellow flowers flower on 20' branched stalks at maturity.

Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-draining soil. Hardy to 10° F. The selection has the nice battleship gray leaves of the species buy with only tiny spines along the leaf margins.

The neotype for this species is noted as from between Laredo and Catarina in Texas but an occurrence of a native planting is no longer known although there are many variants found as cultivated plants in arid areas of north-central and northeastern Mexico and South Texas. It was described in 1901 in the Bulletin du Muséum d'histoire Naturelle by the French botanist Jules Poisson (1833-1919) who attributed the name to another French botanist Jean Francois Cels (1810–1888) based on a specimen collected in Mexico that was then growing in Paris. The name for the genus is one given by Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus. It comes from the Greek word 'agaue' (agauos or agavos) meaning "noble" or "splendid" and originates from Greek mythology. Agaue was the daughter of Cadmus, the king and founder of the city of Thebes, and of the goddess Harmonia. The name was first used by Linnaeus in 1753 when he described Agave americana. The specific epithet honors the French surgeon and botanist Frederic Albert Constantin Weber who in 1902 described Agave tequilana.

Howard Scott Gentry noted in his landmark Agaves of Continental North America that he had observed a great variation within the species with some forms green while others are glaucus gray and usually small teeth or denticles are present to an indeterminate extent on gracefully arching leaves. We grew this form with small teeth from 2005 until 2011 from plants originally received from Rancho Soledad nursery in 2003. This selection was made by Reiner Radermacher, the legendary grower at Rancho Soledad Nursery. We received it in 2004 from Rancho Soledad Nursery, who had applied the temporary name 'Reinerii' to it but since it a selection of Agave weberi we list this stunning plant as Agave weberi 'Reiner's Selection' and have continued to sell it since 2005. 

This information about Agave weberi 'Reiner's Selection' 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.