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Products > Agave desmettiana 'Galactic Traveller'
Agave desmettiana 'Galactic Traveller' - Galactic Traveller Smooth Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. desmettiana, Hort]
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave desmettiana 'Galactic Traveller' - A very attractive striking rosette-forming succulent to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide with graceful 2 foot long succulent leaves, which curve upward and then out, are a pale gray green color with bright yellow margins - well-spaced small marginal teeth and the 1/2 inch terminal spine are also yellow, making for an overall stunning color combination! Plant in full sun to part shade and water regularly to occasionally (the more water and fertilizer this plant gets the faster it will grow). Outdoor hardiness is unknown although we had it outdoors during winters where the low temperature reached 28 F and we feel that it likely will tolerate at least short duration temperatures down to around 25 F. We have not been able to verify the origin of this plant but it seems to have first come into the succulent trade in Australia around 2016 and this might explain the spelling of the cultivar name as "traveller" is the spelling used more commonly in Commonwealth countries, while it is generally spelled with one "l" as "Traveler" in the US - for this reason we have also seen it listed as 'Galactic Traveler' in the U.S. We received our first stock plants in 2021 from Tony and Holly at Krock Plants in Santa Barbara. The first plant of this cultivar we released was for the Ganna Walska Lotusland Exceptional Plant Auction in 2023. As with the similar Agave 'Joe Hoak', which there is some speculation 'Galactic Traveller' is a sport of, it is one of the showiest of the Agave we grow! The specific epithet "desmetiana" honors Louis De Smet (1813-1887), a Belgian horticulturist and nurseryman - this is sometimes misspelled as desmettiana. 

Information about Agave desmettiana 'Galactic Traveller' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.