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Products > Agave potatorum 'Kichiokan Marginata'
Agave potatorum 'Kichiokan Marginata' - Dwarf Variegated Butterfly Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. 'Kichijokan Marginata' A. 'Kissho Kan']
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave potatorum 'Kichiokan Marginata' (Dwarf Variegated Butterfly Agave) - This is a small growing agave to 12 inches tall by 18 inches wide with short gray leaves margined with pale yellow streaks and red spines. This selection is thought to be a Japanese cultivar of Agave potatorum and is very slow growing and highly sought after. Grow in bright light to bring out the variegation but not full sun in hot climates as this will burn the variegated parts of the leaves. Mature plants have a hemispherical shape with upcurving leaves with yellow to pale green variegation along the margins and red spines. Little irrigation is required in coastal gardens, but it is best to provide some supplemental irrigation in hotter inland gardens. It is cold hardy to at least 25 degrees. Agave potatorum comes from the semi-arid highlands, in altitudes between 4,000 and 7,000 feet in Puebla and Oaxaca , and as a result, the species is quite variable in form. This cultivar resembles a diminutive form of the species but some consider it to be a form of Agave parryi - whatever its parentage, it sure is pretty. There has also been considerable debate by succulent enthusiasts and nurserymen over the correct translation and spelling of the cultivar name. We continue to list this plant as we received it, under the name 'Kichiokan Marginata', but we have been told that it should be spelled 'Kicchiokan' and Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery has researched this and believes it should be 'Kissho Kan', which he says translates to "lucky crown" or "happy crown" - this name seems to be what has been adopted by most growers of this plant in the US.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and 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 that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Agave potatorum 'Kichiokan Marginata'.