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Agave potatorum 'Eye Scream' (Variegated Butterfly Agave)

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Scientific Name

Agave potatorum 'Eye Scream'

Common Names

Variegated Butterfly Agave

Synonyms

Agave 'Eye Scream', Agave potatorum 'Bluewinds', Agave potatorum 'Blue Winds', Agave potatorum 'Blue Variegata'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave potatorum 'Eye Scream' is a small, mostly solitary succulent, with an open symmetrical rosette up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. The leaves are blue-gray, edged with a broad creamy yellow border up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide. The well-spaced, red teeth on large teats along the margin and a long red terminal spine compliment the foliage, making for a very attractive combination.

Photo via agaveville.org

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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

Origin

Garden origin.

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