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Products > Agave gypsicola
Agave gypsicola - White Maguey

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave gypsicola (White Maguey) - A very attractive newly described Agave species. It is a solitary plant with dense rosettes 3 to 4 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide of few to up to 40 broad ovate pale bluish-gray leaves that are 18 to 24 inches long by 8 to 10 inches wide (1.8-2.5 longer than wide) with fine red teeth along their margins. When this plant flowers it produces a 15 to 20 foot tall inflorescence that is unbranched. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. This plant should prove to be a very drought tolerant plant, but likely will grow faster and considerably larger when given regular irrigation. Cold hardiness of this species has yet to be determined. Its distribution is known only from the Upper basin of the Río Verde, Tlaxiaco district in Oaxaca, where it grows on slopes with gypsum soils from 4,500 to 5,200 feet in elevation. The plants provided to us were grown from seed collected from a particularly pale gray colored plant. Agave gypsicola is considered to be closely related to Agave guiengola, which it differs from by gaving flatter and shorter ovate to semi-orbicular leaves. It was described in 2019 by Mexican botanists Abisai Garcia-Mendoza Daniel Sandoval in Acta Botanica Mexicana. The specific epithet refers to the plant growing on gypsum soils. The Mixtec people refer to this plant as Senizo, which means "ashen" in reference to its silvery to bluish-white color, though greener plants also occur within this same population. The picture on this page taken in this plants natural habitat near Teita, is courtesy of Tony Krock.  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 gypsicola.