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Products > Agave 'Chunky Monkey'
 
Agave 'Chunky Monkey'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: (Agave parassana hybrid)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Agave 'Chunky Monkey' - A medium sized solitary plant with broad stout 3 foot long gray leaves that radiate straight up and out with a strong keeled lower surface and well-spaced brown teeth along the margins and a stout brown terminal spine. A sister seedling to this plant flowered and it has a towering inflorescence branching at about 15 feet with the horizontal branches holding rose colored buds that opened to bright yellow flowers. Plant in full sun and irrigate only occasionally. Likely cold hardy to around 15 degrees F. As will all agave it is best to use extreme care when working around or trimming this plant. Not only are the spines wicked and cause a painful swelling if one is poked, but the sap of many species is caustic. This plant was given to us in 2011 by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden. It was grown from seed that formed on Agave parassana and was presumed to be a cross between this species and Agave salmiana. When Brian described the plant he called it a "Chunky Monkey" and this name just stuck!  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave 'Chunky Monkey'.
 
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