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Products > Agave horrida var. perotensis
Agave horrida var. perotensis - Mexcalmetl

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave obscura, Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 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 horrida var. perotensis (Mexcalmetl) - A small rosette-forming succulent to 16 to 24 inches tall by 3 feet across with many dark green leaves that have large brown spines and leaf margins on new leaves that attractively turn gray-white with age. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and give occasional to little irrigation - grows faster with some summer watering but tolerates it pretty dry. Hardy to 20F. This should prove to be a great smaller agave for the garden or as a potted specimen. Compared to the species, variety perotensis is a slightly bigger plant with a denser rosette bearing more leaves that are a darker green leaves and is reputedly hardier. This plant is endemic to a limited rocky habitat between Perote in the Mexican state of Veracruz and Zacatepec to the southwest in the state of Puebla. This same plant was once distributed erroneously by the International Succulent Introductions as Agave obscura ISI 2003-10. Agave obscura is a valid species that grows not far to the north of where Agave horrida var. perotensis comes from, but is quite different and distinguishable with a more open rosette of lighter green leaves with red teeth.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Agave horrida var. perotensis.