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Products > Agave macroacantha 'Blue Ribbon'
Agave macroacantha 'Blue Ribbon' - Small Black-spined Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. flavescens ssp. macroacantha]
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave macroacantha 'Blue Ribbon' (Variegated Black-spined Agave) - This is a really nice variegated form of an already very distinctive small to medium-sized agave. It forms dense clumps that grow to 1-2 feet tall and eventually as wide as 5 feet composed of 10 to 12 inch wide rosettes. The rosettes have smokey blue leaves with creamy white margins and tipped with a nearly black tip spine with the leaves evenly spaced and radiating straight out from the center of the plant. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun (Light shade or eastern exposure in hot low desert areas). Little irrigation is necessary in coastal gardens but should be given occasionally in warmer inland situations. Hardy to 20 to 25 F. A nice and interesting garden plant and can also make a stunning container potted specimen. The origin of this plant is unclear but it is possible that it was first imported from Thailand under the name Agave macroacantha marginata and it circulated in Agave collector circles under various names until 2007 when it was given the cultivar name 'Blue Ribbon' by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery. The species is native to barren rocky ground in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and near Tehuacan in Puebla. We thank Tony Krock for originally giving us this plant in 2010 as Agave macroacantha 'Variegated'.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will 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 macroacantha 'Blue Ribbon'.