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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 (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. 'Jose's Blue Glow']
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 the first plant we received had a Huntington Botanic Garden tag indicating it was a cross between Agave attenuata crossed and our California native, Agave shawii, but clearly this was not correct. There were many similar hybrids, some associated with legendary succulent breeder Ed Hummel and this plant does also very much resemble. One such plant that is similar to this is a plant and thought to be a Hummel hybrid is 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 renamed this plant Agave ‘Jose’s Blue Glow’ and later, to keep in in alphabetical order next to its cousin, as 'Blue Glow de Jose'.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave 'Blue Glow de Jose'.