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Agave cupreata - Dwarf Cowhorn
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-3 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 cupreata (Dwarf Cowhorn) A medium sized non-suckering Agave that grows to 1 to 2 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with broad pale green leaves that have dark copper colored spines on large mammilate protrusions (teats) along the slightly wavy margins. The dark teeth contrast well with the pale green leaves that also display well the bud imprinting that occurs when the leaves press up against the margins of the newer leaves in the center of the plant. This plant has been aptly described as looking like a larger green Agave colorata or a smaller Agave bovicornuta. It is a nice garden plant and is suitable for container gardening. The species occurs naturally in the Mexican state of Guerrero and Michoacán where it grows on mountain slopes from 4,000-6,000 feet in the Río Balsas basin. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Irrigate little (if at all) to occasionally. Mostly listed as hardy to around 28° F but can go a little colder - large plants in Goleta California were not damaged at 26° F in January 2007. Our plants are seedling plants from a plant that flowered in the Goleta garden of John Bleck. We also grow a selected gray form that we list as Agave cupreata 'Gray Form'. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'cupre' meaning "copper" in reference to the copper colored spines of this species. 

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