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Products > Agave 'Blue Glow'
Agave 'Blue Glow'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: (A. attenuata x A. ocahui)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 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 'Blue Glow' - A beautiful smaller Agave with solitary rosettes slowly growing to 2 feet tall and 3 feet across with 18 inch long by 1-1 1/2 inch wide blue-green leaves that have red margins edged with yellow and bearing tiny soft spines and a stout short red terminal spine. Plant in full to part sun. Little irrigation required. Though hardiness is not known absolutely, it has been grown by enough people that we can say that it should tolerate temperatures down to at least 20 F and we suspect the plant should be much hardier. There are reports of it surviving nighttime temperatures of 17 F at the Juniper Level Botanic Gardens at Plant Delights Nursery in November 2008 (but not the 9F temperature he had later that winter) and others have told us it has gone undamaged at 15 F in Bishop, California and 21 F in Atascadero, California. Great in containers or in groups - especially nice where back lighting can light up the red and yellow margin. This hybrid between Agave attenuata and A. ocahui is reported to be a Kelly Griffin hybrid. It is a beautiful plant that looks nothing like either parent though it apparently inherits the more durable tougher leaves, smaller size, solitary habit and sharp terminal spine of Agave ocahui and gets the broader leaves and blue green color from Agave attenuata. We have seen this plant described as similar to Agave 'Blue Flame' - while both are in the genus Agave and both have blue-green colored leaves, this is where the similarities end as Agave 'Blue Glow' is a much smaller, solitary plant with stiff leaves and really looks nothing like the large clump-forming soft-leafed Agave 'Blue Flame'. We received our original plant of 'Blue Glow' from the Huntington Botanic Garden in 2005.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave 'Blue Glow'.