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Agave brittoniana - Cuban Agave
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Cuba (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave brittoniana (Cuban Agave) - A medium sized agave with open rosettes of a uniform medium green colored leaves with recurved reddish tipped teeth along the margins and a dark ebony colored terminal spine that is grooved at its base and ages to a mahogany color. Plant in full to part sun with occasional irrigation in a near frost free location - actual hardiness of this plant is not yet known but we suspect it to be tender. This good looking agave has not been cultivated much outside of its native Cuba, so little is known how it will grow in our California gardens. This is a Caribbean species of agave that is widespread through Cuba where it is quite variable in form and leaf color. The specific epithet honors American botanist Dr. Nathaniel Lord Britton (1859-1934), the first director of the New York Botanic Garden and co-author with Joseph Nelson Rose of The Cactaceae. We were encouraged to grow this plant by the Huntington Botanic Gardens, who released in in 2015 through their International Succulent introduction program as Agave brittoniana ISI 2015-13. These plants were propagated in the laboratory by micropropagation techniques (AKA tissue culture) from a single clone accessioned by the Huntington Botanic Gardens as HBG 71269 that was grown from seed received from the Cuba National Botanical Garden. Pictures of this plant on our website courtesy of the Huntington Botanic Gardens.  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 brittoniana.
 
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