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Agave 'Mateo' - Matthew's Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave 'Mateo' (Mateo's Agave) - Upright growing succulent to 2 feet tall by an equal spread with mostly solitary rosettes of unarmed (spineless) medium-green leaves that have a distinct pale band down the middle of each leaf. Like its one known parent, Agave bracteosa, this plant has leaves that emerge vertically in the center and arch gracefully back towards the outside of the plant. This plant should prove fairly drought tolerant in coastal gardens. Plant in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. Likely hardy to 10 F though we only know it as hardy to 25 F as it went undamaged to this temperature in our January 2007 cold spell. This plant was discovered at San Marcos Growers in March 2003 by our salesman Matthew Roberts (AKA Mateo). He selected the plant from a crop of otherwise uniform Agave bracteosa that was grown from seed sowed in 1999. The seed had been purchased from Aztekakti Cacti and Succulent Seed of El Paso, Texas, who noted the source as wild collected. We speculated this plant to be a hybrid between Agave bracteosa and Agave lophantha because of the look of the plant and because the range of Agave lophantha overlaps that of Agave bracteosa.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research, 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 'Mateo' (A. bracteosa hybrid).