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Products > Agave potatorum 'Snowfall'
Agave potatorum 'Snowfall' - Variegated Butterfly Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. scolymus, A. verschaffletii]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave potatorum 'Snowfall' (Variegated Butterfly Agave) - A medium sized solitary agave with an open symmetrical rosette to 2 to 3 feet wide with gray-green leaves that have creamy-white margins edged with reddish brown teeth and tipped with a decorative corkscrew shaped terminal spine. The species is from the semi-arid highlands between 4,000 and 7,000 feet of Puebla and Oaxaca. Plant in full sun with little irrigation required in coastal gardens but provide some supplemental irrigation in hotter inland gardens. Winter hardy to around 25 degrees. The specific epithet "potatorum" is the generative of the Latin word 'potator' meaning "of the drinkers" in reference to the use of this plant in making alcoholic beverages. This selection is a 2010 introduction from Allen Repashy and Kelly Griffin at Xeric Growers. It differs from other variegated Agave potatorum cultivars in that this cultivar is a full size Agave potatorum. Unfortunately this plant seemed particularly susceptible to agave mite, a eryophid mite that leaves smudge like spots near the base of the leaves.. 

This information about Agave potatorum 'Snowfall' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.