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Agave mitis var. albidior – White Agave


Scientific Name

Agave mitis var. albidior (Salm-Dyck) B.Ullrich

Common Names

White Agave


Agave albicans, Agave celsii var. albicans, Agave concinna, Agave micracantha var. albicans, Agave micracantha var. albidior, Agave mitis var. albicans, Agave ousselghemiana

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave mitis var. albidior is a medium-sized, clump-forming Agave with rosettes up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and fleshy, up to 8 inches (20 cm) wide, up to 2 feet (60 cm) long, glaucous-gray leaves that gracefully curve upwards. The leaves appear unarmed but have a soft terminal spine and minute, backward curving, brown spines on the edge of the leaves. The flower spike is up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and the flowers are yellowish-green to purplish.

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USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. If, however, you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might the way to go. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.

In general, Agave do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and will take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible, since they do not like to be disturbed. When you do repot, refresh the spent soil with new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave


Native to the Mexican states of Hidalgo, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí.


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