Agave chazaroi A.Vázquez & O.M.Valencia
This species is native to Mexico. It occurs near Tequila in Jalisco on cliffs in the tropical deciduous forest at elevations between 2,950 and 3,940 feet (900 and 1,200 m).
Agave chazaroi is a beautiful succulent that forms a solitary rosette of broad yellow-green spreading leaves with narrow reddish brown margins and a long sharp terminal spine. The rosettes grow up to 32 inches (80 cm) tall and up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in diameter. Leaves are broadest in the middle, up to 32 inches (80 cm) long and up to 8 inches (20 cm) wide. The younger leaves are glossy deep green. Older leaves are nearly spineless, with only small teeth-like spines near the base. Flowers are yellowish-green, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and appear on an unbranched, up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) tall spike, usually in spring. The rosette dies after flowering.
The specific epithet "chazaroi (cha-ZAR-oh-ee)" honors Miguel Cházaro-Basañez (fl. 2002), a Mexican botanist and specialist in Crassulaceae and parasitic plants.
How to Grow and Care for Agave chazaroi
Light: Like all Agaves, this plant requires full sun to partial shade. If growing A. chazaroi indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun as possible. From spring to fall, it loves going outside.
Soil: A. chazaroi will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but its preference is sandy or rocky soil.
Temperature: During the growing season, it likes warm temperatures, while in winter, when resting, this succulent enjoys cooler temperatures. A. chazaroi can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: From spring to fall, water thoroughly when the soil becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.
Fertilizing: Give your A. chazaroi a small amount of fertilizer in the spring during the first two years. After that, established plants seem to take care of themselves.
Repotting: If you notice your A. chazaroi becoming pot-bound, repot it with fresh soil in a new pot that is just slightly larger than the old one. Give the plant a week or so to readjust before you water it again.
Propagation: Since it is a plant with a solitary growth habit, A. chazaroi can be propagated only from seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Toxicity of Agave chazaroi
A. chazaroi is not toxic to humans, but it may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.
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