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Products > Agave 'Chunky Monkey'
Agave 'Chunky Monkey'
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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
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 information about Agave 'Chunky Monkey' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.