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Products > Agave striata 'Gray Ghost'
 
Agave striata 'Gray Ghost' - Gray Espadín
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Baja California (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Hesperoyucca whipplei ssp. eremica, Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Agave striata 'Gray Ghost' (Gray Espadín) - This non-trunk-forming plant forms rosettes to 18 inches tall, either solitary or with age in small groups, with very stiff pale gray-blue leaves noticeably striated that are to 16 inches long by about 1 inch wide at their base with a sharp tip and leaf margins that are finely toothed (denticulate) and the underside of the leaf with a rounded keel and a gray-green to olive green color. When the plant is mature an inflorescence rises up to about 6 feet tall holding greenish yellow flowers tight to the stem with purple stamen well exerted. After flowering this plant produces new rosettes from the base of the flowering plant. Plant in full sun or dry shade with little to no irrigation. This species is 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 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. This unusual pale colored agave that is nice in a container or used in the dry landscape. We first received seed of this plant with the name Yucca eremica and deduced that this was meant to be Hesperoyucca whipplei ssp. eremica but were never certain this correct as the seedlings had leaves much thicker and shorter than other forms of Hesperoyucca that we grow but we needed to wait for it to bloom to determine whether this was the correct name. In May 2019 this plant bloomed clearly it is a nice gray form of Agave striata. To distinguish it from the other Agave striata that we grow, A. striata 'East of Ramos', A. striata 'Guadalcazar' and A. striata forma purpurea, we decided to call this plant Agave striata 'Gray Ghost' because of its very pale colored leaves. We received the seed for this plant from Nick Wilkinson of Grow Nursery who told us that the seed came to him from a plant that had flowered in the Fresno garden of Mark Muradian.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave striata 'Gray Ghost'.
 
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