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Agave subsimplex

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave subsimplex - A 1 to 2 foot tall by 2 to 3 foot wide evergreen, stemless, rosette forming succulent with gray short and fairly broad (to 2 inches) leaves that are gray-green with prominent grayer horizontal bands, well spaced marginal teeth and a long reddish terminal spine - an attractive combination! At maturity will produce a 6 to 12 foot tall inflorescence at which time the main rosette will perish but is also might produce young suckers at its base to make perpetuate the plant as a small cluster of young plants. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and water infrequently if at all in Southern California - might not be good in areas that get more rainfall but should prove hardy to mild frosts. This is a rare agave that comes from three scattered locations along the coast of the Sea of Cortez in the Mexican state of Sonora - in its native habitat it has become threatened by coastal urban development and is classified as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Our plants grown from seed collected 15 km south of Puerto Libertad in the Mexican State of Sonora. The specific epithet from Latin 'sub' meaning "almost" or "more or less" and 'simplex' meaning "simple" is thought to have been derived from the observation that the plants are only sometimes suckering, but in cultivation it seems that this species the suckering nature might be more common. This name might cause some confusion with Agave simplex, a plant recently promoted to species level that was previously considered a variety of Agave deserti. 

This information about Agave subsimplex displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.