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

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
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!  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Agave 'Chunky Monkey'.
 
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