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Products > Agave cremnophila
Agave cremnophila - Sea Urchin Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Fall
Synonyms: [Agave sp. nov. Oaxaca]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Agave cremnophila (Sea Urchin Agave) A small clustering succulent with 1 to 2 foot tall by 2 to nearly 3 foot wide rosettes with many flat 1/2 to inch wide mid to dark green lanceolate leaves that are finely serrated. The flowers, which have appeared in cultivation in late spring and early summer, are yellow green and held tight to 4 to 5 feet long arching spicate inflorescences. After flowering the mature rosette lingers longer than many other agave and new shoots sprout from the base A nice smaller clustering agave in the Striatae group that most closely resembles Agave dasylirioides, but while this species has a solitary rosette, Agave cremnophila form clusters and has greener leaves. It is found growing naturally on steep cliffs along the Cerro de las Flores, high above the loop road north of Santiago Lachiguiri ,Oaxaca. It was grown from seed sourced from since around 2009 under the name Agave sp. nov. Oaxaca, indicating it was an undescribed new species, but was officially described by Greg Starr, Julia Etter and Martin Kristen in the January-February 2018 issue of the Cactus and Succulent Journal The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Agave cremnophila.