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Products > Agave 'Blue Glow de Jose'
Agave 'Blue Glow de Jose' - Jose's Blue Glow

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. 'Jose's Blue Glow', 'Red Margin'?]
Parentage: (A. attenuata x A. ocahui)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 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 'Blue Glow de Jose' (Jose’s Blue Glow) - A beautiful smaller Agave with solitary rosettes slowly growing to 2 feet tall and 3 feet across with 18 inch long by 1-1 1/2 inch wide blue-green leaves that have red margins that have very tiny soft spines near the leaf base and a stout short red terminal spine. Plant in full to part sun. Little irrigation required. This plant is hardy to at least 20° F. A great plant in containers or in groups. This plant is very similar to Agave 'Blue Glow’, but has leaves that are slightly greener, broader and not as thick with a habit that is slightly more lax with age so that the older leaves lay more horizontal while those of 'Blue Glow' remain more upwardly inclined. The margins, while still red with a hint of yellow along the inner edge, are nearly devoid of any teeth while 'Blue Glow’ has small teeth along the lower leaf margins. The parentage of this plant is likely the same as 'Blue Glow', which is thought to be a cross between Agave attenuata and A. ocahui, though early records have it as Agave attenuata crossed with our California native, Agave shawii. There were many similar hybrids, some associated with legendary succulent breeder Ed Hummel and this plant does very much resemble one such plant thought to be a Hummel hybrid called Agave 'Red Margin', but the history on this plant is too obscure to be sure. We first received this plant in 2005 from the Huntington Botanic Gardens as HBG 89058 as Agave 'Blue Glow' with the note that received it from Serra Gardens (then in Malibu in 1997) with the listed synonym Agave 'Jose', thought to be a reference to Jose Pfaffer, who was once an employee of Tropic World Nursery, the legendary nursery in Escondido established by the late Paul Hutchison. To distinguish this plant from the widely popular Agave 'Blue Glow' introduced by Rancho Soledad Nursery and that we continue to grow, we have renamed this plant Agave ‘Jose’s Blue Glow’.  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave 'Blue Glow de Jose'.