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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 provided on this page is based on the research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations of our nursery crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave brittoniana.