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Agave 'Filigree' - Filigree Sierra Mixteca Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: [Agave FO-76 Selection, A. titanota?]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave 'Filigree' (Filigree Sierra Mixteca Agave) - This striking small agave grows slowly to 1 to 2 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide. It has broad, very short, gray-green leaves with a reddish-brown terminal spine and long narrow wavy recurved teeth along the leaf margins that emerge a golden color and age to a gray white. The leaf margins themselves age to the same color as the spines which gives this plant a very distinctive look. Plant in full sun along the coast but give some protection from afternoon sun in hot interior gardens. It has proven cold hardy to 20 F and may tolerate even colder temperatures. A great plant for a small spot or as a potted specimen. This plant was selected in our nursery for its tight growth and long eyelash like spines on the margin. It originated as a seedlings from seed we collected in February 2005 from a Agave sp. FO-076 that bloomed in Santa Barbara succulent enthusiast David Tufenkian's north Goleta, California garden in 2004. This parent plant, Agave sp. FO-076, was originally distributed as Agave titanota and later as Agave sp. "Sierra Mixteca" with the Felipe Otero collection designation FO-076. It seems to have affinities with Agave titanota, which has very gray-colored leaves but some speculate that it is a hybrid of A. titanota or a form or hybrid of Agave horrida. San Marcos Growers first introduced this plant to the horticultural trade in 2010. Additionally we have found sports of this plant with even smaller rosettes that we may yet name and introduce.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave 'Filigree'.