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Products > Agave stricta 'Nana'
Agave stricta 'Nana' - Dwarf Hedgehog Agave

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: <1 foot
Width: Clumping
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 stricta 'Nana' (Dwarf Hedgehog Agave) - A small agave that grows slowly to form symmetrical rosettes 6 to 10 inches tall and wide of narrow pale green spine-tipped leaves with tiny teeth along the margins that are more rough than sharp to the touch. With time new offsets form at the base from short rhizomes to create attractive tightly packed colonies. Occasionally a rosette will flower with a tall, sometimes crooked stalk, rising well above the foliage in late summer. The rosette of the flowering plant dies off but is quickly replaced by surrounding ones. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil. Those who grow it in desert areas note that it does best with some afternoon shade. Water infrequently. Hardy to at least 20 F. An attractive and dramatic looking plant that is great as a container subject or planted in a rock garden or along a slope. Use care in placement as the rigid leaves are sharp at the tips. This attractive small agave came to us many years ago from the collection of Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhoffer. It has remained much smaller than the standard form of Agave stricta. There is certain amount of disagreement in agave circles about the valid name for this plant. Some consider it a variety or cultivar of Agave stricta while others suggest it a synonym for Agave petrophila, but side by side these two plants differ considerably with our Agave stricta 'Nana' having a narrower and much lighter green colored leaves but having recently visited the type locality of Agave stricta near Tehuacan, Puebla, this plant does differ considerably from true Agave stricta as well. We also have seen confusion with the somewhat similar Agave striata with the blue form of this plant sometimes being called A. stricta 'Nana' (Blue Form). We continue to list this plant by the name we received it as until such time as this can be resolved.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Agave stricta 'Nana'.