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Agave parryi subsp. neomexicana 'Sunspot' – Sunspot Hardy Century Plant

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Scientific Name

Agave parryi subsp. neomexicana 'Sunspot'

Common Names

Sunspot Hardy Century Plant

Synonyms

Agave neomexicana 'Sunspot'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave parryi subsp. neomexicana 'Sunspot' an elegant, drought tolerant, hardy, tightly-offsetting succulent that forms rosettes up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter. The leaves are blue-green and creamy yellow-edged.

Agave parryi subsp. neomexicana 'Sunspot' - Sunspot Hardy Century Plant

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 7b to 10b: from 5 °F (−15 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season. When repotting, use a fast-draining cacti or succulent mix. Do not use a mix that will become soggy or hold water… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave

Origin

Discovered by High Country Gardens' founder, David Salman.

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