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Products > Agave bracteosa 'Calamar'
 
Agave bracteosa 'Calamar' - Solitary Candelabrum Agave

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

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Agave bracteosa 'Calamar' (Solitary Candelabrum Agave) - A selection made of the typically clump forming Candalabrum Agave that is solitary or produces only a few offsets. As with the species this plant is a relatively slow growing succulent with 1 foot tall by 18" wide rosettes of unarmed (spineless) pale green leaves. The leaves, which usually number 20 or fewer emerge vertically in the center and arch gracefully back towards the outside of the plant. When plants mature a 3 to 5 foot tall spike bears a dense terminal cluster of white flowers; distinctive from all other Agave. After flowering the main rosette slowly dies but younger suckers perpetuate the plant. Fairly drought tolerant in coastal gardens although performs best with occasional irrigation and requires it in hotter inland sites. Plant in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. Hardy to 10 F. A good tolerance to both heat and cold but not overly wet soils. Comes from the Coahuilan Desert where it grows on limestone cliffs between 3,000 and 5,500 feet. This plant was selected by Texas plantsman and nurseryman Pat McNeal and has been reproduced by micropropagation in the laboratory.  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 observed it in. We also will 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 bracteosa 'Calamar'.
 
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