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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.  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 cupreata.