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Products > Agave potatorum 'El Camarón'
Agave potatorum 'El Camarón' - El Camarón Butterfly Agave

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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
Synonyms: [A. scolymus, A. verschaffletii]
Height: 1-2 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 potatorum 'El Camarón' (El Camarón Butterfly Agave) A particularly nice form of Agave potatorum with a symmetrical rosette to 2 to 3 feet tall by as wide with heavy broad gray upright and slightly recurved leaves that have closely spaced small mammilate margins bearing red teeth with a reddish brown terminal spine. When mature a flower spike rises 10 to 20 feet bearing light green flowers tinged with red and subtended with red bracts. This agave rarely offsets so, after maturing, which in our experience begins to occur when plants are reach about 10 years of age, it will flower (usually during the fall) and then unfortunately the entire plant declines and dies. Plant in full sun with little irrigation required in coastal gardens but provide some supplemental irrigation in hotter inland gardens. Winter hardy to around 25 degrees. The species ranges through the semi-arid highlands between 4,000 and 7,000 feet in Oaxaca and southern Puebla. This very nice selection comes from just east of the town of 'El Camarón', south of Oaxaca City. Seed collected of this plant was collected in 2006 and yielded one plant that we cored and propagated and ten years later we are able to sell this very fine plant that we have named after location from where it came from. It differs from typical Agave potatorum in having a rosette that is less open and with thicker whiter gray leaves that are a bit more upright and then reflexed and with smaller mammilate projections along the margin.  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 visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Agave potatorum 'El Camaron'.