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Agave chazaroi

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave chaseroi, Hort.]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32° F
Agave chazaroi - A beautiful and recently described species of Agave that was discovered near Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico at around 3300. It forms relatively open rosettes to 5 feet wide with broad stiff glossy deep green young leaves, broadest in the middle, with slightly wavy narrow reddish brown margins - older leaves a paler yellow green. Young plants have small spines along the leaf margins but aside from the terminal spine, the mature leaves are nearly spineless, with only small teeth-like spines near the leaf base. At maturity is produced a tall unbranched spike of flowers. This plant is so new that we are just guessing at its cultural needs. Its native Jalisco has a semi-arid climate with little annual temperature fluctuations and a dry winter when temperatures are slightly cooler. To determine how best to grow this species we have plants in different locations at our nursery and so far a plant in our full coastal sun with no protection to the light frosts we have had so far has shown promising results - likely it will need some shade and frost protection away from the coast. This new plant was named for Mexican botanist Miguel Cházaro-Basańez and described by J. Antonio Vázquez-Garcia & Oscar Valencia-Pelayo in 2007. It has been placed by some in the Agave subsection of Serrulatae (with Agave bracteosa) or the Amolae (with Agave attenuata) while others believe this may be the same as a plant described by Joseph Hooker in 1903 as Agave bakeri, a name previously used for Agave karwinskii and so deemed illegitimate and renamed a year later by Alwin Berger to Agave gilberti. The debate goes on regarding this but from our inexperienced position these plants appear to be different. Our plants are from seed collected by Miguel Chazaro at Canyon of the Rio Grande Santiago, North of Tequila, Jalisco. Our thanks to Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden for sharing this seed with us.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 chazaroi.