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Products > Agave ellemeetiana 'Satina'
Agave ellemeetiana 'Satina' - Ellemeet's Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave sp. "Zongolica"]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32░ F
Agave ellemeetiana 'Satina' (Ellemeet's Agave) A stemless rosette forming plant to 2 feet tall by up to 3 feet wide with toothless broad short waxy green leaves that reflex downwards toward the tips and lack a terminal spine. Plant in full sun along in coastal gardens to shade inland in a well-drained soil and water occasionally - this is not a desert species so a little shade from hot sun and more regular watering is recommended . It has proven hardy to temperatures to around 30░F. This is a great plant as a foliage accent or specimen plant as it does not have dangerous teeth or spines and does not get up on a stem like Agave attenuata. It is similar to Agave pedunculifera in this respect but the leaves are shorter and glossier than this species. This species was reported to be introduced into Europe from near the town of Jalapa in Veracruz, Mexico around 1864 but details of the collection origin are lacking. Joachim Thiede , the author of the Agave section in "Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons" wrote about this plant on the Xeric World Website noting that Agave ellemeetiana occurs in cloud forests in a private nature reserve in the Sierra de Zongolica in Veracruz and that plants sold as Agave species "Zongolica", reportedly collected growing on vertical cliffs with Tillandsia grandis are likely the plants now in cultivation. He also noted that the plants were found in in humid forests in the Sierra Mazateca (= Sierra de Huautla) and near near Jalapa de Diaz which is just southwards of the Sierra Mazateca." and from Oaxaca in the Sierra Madre Occidental around Santiago Nuyoˇ, east of Putla and between between Putla and Tlaxiaco. All of these habitats being humid forests so Thiede further notes that the plant should tolerate more humidity compared to the normal "desert species". It was named by General George Albano von Jacobi (1805-1874), an amateur botanist who studied the genus from plants imported into Europe and in in 1864 published a garden monograph on Agave. He named this plant in 1865 for his Dutch friend Mr. De Jonge van Ellemeet. Our plants from Rancho Tissue Technologies in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  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 ellemeetiana 'Satina'.