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Products > Agave striata forma purpurea
 
Agave striata forma purpurea - Purple Maguey Espadín
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave striata forma purpurea (Maguey Espadín) A unique custering agave to 2 feet tall forming a dense clump 3 to 5 feet wide narrow sharp pale green leaves that flush a light purple color. Plant in full sun or light shade (sun brings out the color) in a well drained soil and irrigated occasionally to very little. Quite hardy. This plant has circulated in the horticultural trades for many years and really lacks a proper cultivar name but we follow the name in Paul Carpenter Standley's Trees and Shrubs of Mexico under his listing for Agave striata where he states: "The purplish form is known in gardens as f. purpurea".  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants 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 striata forma purpurea.