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Products > Agave attenuata 'Arboleda Blue'
Agave attenuata 'Arboleda Blue' - Blue Fox Tail Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
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 'Arboleda Blue' (Blue Fox Tail Agave) - A selection of Agave attenuata 'Nova' that was made by San Marcos Growers from a plant growing on Arboleda Road in the eastern Goleta Valley. As with the cultivar we continue to grow as 'Nova', this plant has much bluer leaves than typical Agave attenuata but it has narrower leaves than are typical with 'Nova', making it noticably unique. Culture and growth patterns are otherwise similar to the species. Grows to about 3-4 feet tall by as wide. Hardy to about 28 degrees F. Recently it has been announced by the Huntington Botanic Gardens that Agave attenuata var. nova (ISI#1442) and Agave attenuata 'Nova' (ISI# 9038) are the same taxon. Although the name 'Nova' has been previously published and many believe should remain the valid name, this cultivar has been renamed by Colin Walker in the June 2001 Journal of the British Cactus and Succulent Society as Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue'. The reasons given for this renaming is that the cultivar name 'Nova' is not allowed by the rules of nomenclature for cultivated plants because it "may be considered to be Latin, and thus liable to cause confusion." San Marcos Growers has sold this plant since 1987 as Agave attenuata 'Nova' and will continue to offer it under this name.  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 'Arboleda Blue'.