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Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii (Butterfly Agave)


Scientific Name

Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii (Lem. ex Jacobi) A.Berger

Common Names

Butterfly Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii is a small, solitary or slowly clumping Agave, that forms an open symmetrical succulent rosette, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and in diameter. The leaves are blue-grey to silvery-grey, broad and up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. The marginal spines are short on pronounced tubercle-like prominences. The leaves also have distinct showy bud-imprints. The flower spike can be up to 16.5 feet (5 m) long when fully developed and bears light green flowers tinged with red and subtended with red bracts.

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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


Native to partial desert areas of Mexico from Puebla south to Oaxaca.


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