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Products > Agave striata 'Guadalcazar'
 
Agave striata 'Guadalcazar' - Guadalcazar Espadín
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
Agave striata 'Guadalcazar' (Guadalcazar Espadín) - A very hardy agave from northeastern Mexico that forms dense stands of rosettes with long gray-green pencil-thin sharp-pointed leaves that typically can be to 40 inches tall but in this form are less than half of this. When mature the flowers appear on long unbranched spikes in the fall. Plant in full sun or dry shade with little to no irrigation - drier plants in full sun often get a beautiful red coloration. Considered very hardy tolerating temperatures to at least 0 ° F but in colder areas should have very good drainage or otherwise stay fairly dry in winter. This smaller form is seen west of Guadalcazar in the Mexican State of San Luis Potosí . Ruth Bancroft Plant Curator Brian Kemble describes it as smaller than other populations of the species that he had seen. Other common names include Espadillo, Guapilla, Soyate and Sotolito. This plant not only looks more like a Yucca but it is noted as being one of the few Agave that is not monocarpic so it does not die after flowering. Rather the stem branches at the point where the inflorescence initiates and multiple rosettes form, a trait that is again, much like a yucca.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants 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 striata 'Guadalcazar'.
 
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