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Agave potrerana - Red flowering Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 2-4 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 potrerana (Red flowering Agave) - A medium-sized plant that forms a solitary rosette to 2 to 4 feet wide with neatly arranged blue-green stiff leaves that have brown teeth and spines. It is a sculptural foliage plant but the truly beautiful aspect of this plant happens when it blooms, which seems to take it about a quarter century. The flowers have bright pink tepals, vivid red filaments and yellow anthers and are arranged like a long bottlebrush near the top of a 20' tall stalk - a stunning combination! Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and water only occasionally to very little. It should prove to be very hardy, tolerating temperatures to 10-15F or less - the parent plant was undamaged in Walnut Creek in 1990 at 19 F and Tony Avent notes that this plant went "through 9 degrees F so far" in trials of this species in his North Carolina garden. Our plants are from seed supplied to us in 2009 by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden from a 29 year old plant that bloomed in 2007. This plant was received by the Ruth Bancroft Garden from a 1982 offering of the International Succulent Institute (ISI 1310) and originated from seed sowed in 1978 at the Desert Botanic Garden. The Ruth Bancroft Garden also had a previous flowering of this species in 2003 on a plant that was 25 years old. The natural range of Agave potrerana is in north-central Mexico centered around Chihuahua where it is found in grassland and oak pine forest from 5,000 to 8,000 feet and can be found as far north as across the Texas border in Coahuila. Picture courtesy Brian Kemble.  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 potrerana.