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Products > Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'
Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost' - Frosted Candelabrum Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost' (Frosted Candelabrum Agave) - An unusual variegated form of the Candelabrum Agave (Agave bracteosa) that grows to 1 foot tall by a foot and a half wide. It has pliable unarmed arching narrow leaves with a sandpapery texture that are pale green edged with a creamy-white margin. This plant will offset sporadically once it matures and may flower though we have not heard of this happening yet. Once the species plant matures it has a 4 to 5 foot tall dense spike bearing small pale yellow to cream flowers with exerted stamens and pistils. Plant in bright shade to part sun. It may take full sun along the coast. Water occasionally and protect from temperatures below 20 F. Agave bracteosa is native to northeastern Mexico, where it occurs in steep rocky areas and on cliffs in the mountains near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and Saltillo, Coahuila. This cultivar has reportedly been passed along in California collectors' circles for more than a decade, but has rarely been widely available. In 2007 Tony Avent acquired this beauty from Quail Botanical Gardens (now San Diego Botanic Garden) and got it to a micropropagation lab to the benefit of all of us agavephiles.  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 bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'.