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Products > Agave sebastiana 'Silver Lining'
Agave sebastiana 'Silver Lining' - Cedros Island Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. shawii ssp. sebastiana]
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave sebastiana 'Silver Lining' (Cedros Island Agave) - A medium-sized rosette-forming plant that grows to 2-3 feet wide and often suckers from base to form a cluster. The fleshy, pale gray to gray-green leaves have large dark curving and bent spines along the margin and a long dark terminal spine. Plant in full sun to light shade. Little irrigation is required and in fact, this species is native to a more mediterranean climate than most other agave and does not like to be over irrigated in summer months. It is hardy to at least 23 F though leaf damage has been noted much below this. This plant comes from the islands off to the west of Baja California and is particularly notable on West San Benito, Natividad and Cedros Islands. We have grown this plant in the past from seed collected on West San Benito but our current crops are from a selection made by Kelly Griffin. This species is sometimes included as a subspecies of Agave shawii, which grows further to the north along coastal Baja California into California. This is an attractive species in the garden where it makes a good transition between gray and green plants. The picture on this page from Rancho Tissue Technologies.  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 sebastiana 'Silver Lining'.