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Products > Agave albopilosa
Agave albopilosa - White Hair Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave albopilosa (White Hair Agave) - A clump forming plant that forms a rosette that reaches to 1 foot tall by nearly 2 feet wide with narrow upturned mid-green colored leaves that are thick with a ridged texture and at their tips hold white tufts of short white hairlike fibers around and obscuring the terminal spine. When flowering occurs a unbranched spike rises 2 to 4 feet with greenish purple flowers emerging from dark purple buds the top half of the flower spike. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. Hardiness on this newly discovered species is not well documented as most are being greenhouse grown but our own plants have weather short duration temperatures down to 30°F and there is speculation it is hardy down to 25°F or less. With more trying this plant in colder locations we hope to learn more about its cold tolerance. This interesting and attractive small saxicolous (rock growing) agave was described in 2007 by Ismael Cabral Cordero, José Ángel Villarreal Quintanilla and Eduardo A. Estrada Castillón in Acta Botánica Mexicana (no. 80, July 2007) after being discovered in 1997 growing on a remote, nearly vertical cliffs in the nature reserve of La Huasteca in the Sierra Madre Oriental in the mountains of Nuevo Leon, southwest of Monterrey, Mexico at altitudes between 3,300 to 4,900 feet. It grows near Agave bracteosa, Agave lechuguilla Agave striata and Agave victoriae-reginae, the later which it resembles most closely and some speculate might be in its distant lineage. The name for the genus is one given by Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus. It comes from the Greek word 'agaue' (agauos or agavos) meaning "noble" or "splendid" and originates from Greek mythology. Agaue was the daughter of Cadmus, the king and founder of the city of Thebes, and of the goddess Harmonia. The name was first used by Linnaeus in 1753 when he described Agave americana. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'albus' meaning "white" and 'pilosus' meaning hairy in reference to the tufts of white fibers at the leaf tip. This plant has been highly prized by collectors and there are stories of plants being smuggled out of habitat shortly after its discovery in 1997. Our plants are vegetatively propagated from cored plants we originally grew from seed purchased from Rare Palm Seed in 2015.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing 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 albopilosa.