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Products > Plants - Browse Alphabetically > Agave filifera ssp. microceps
Agave filifera ssp. microceps - Dwarf Thread Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. filifera 'Compacta', A. filifera ssp. compacta
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave filifera ssp. microceps (Dwarf Thread Agave) - A beautiful compact clustering plant with each 6 inch to 1 foot wide rosette having short fairly broad mid-green leaves with striking white filaments along the margins, white markings in the middle of the leaf and sharp reddish terminal spines. Typically seen as a potted specimen but older colonies in the ground can be up to 3 feet wide. Plant in full sun to part shade with occasional to little irrigation. Hardy to 15-20F. This plant has long been in the succulent trade under the name A. filifera 'Compacta' or A. filifera ssp. compacta, but this name as described by Myron Kimnach is now considered to take precedence. This plant comes from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where it grows on cliffs and rocky forested areas from 700' to 1500' feet in elevation. Our plants from seed received from Rare Palm Seeds.  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 filifera ssp. microceps.