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Botanical names:
Agave de-meesteriana Accepted
Agave desmetiana Synonym

Also sold as:
Agave desmettiana

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Channeled and recurved
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Inflorescence Height: 8 feet
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: The juice from many species of agave can cause acute contact dermatitis that produces reddening and blistering lasting approximately one to two weeks. Itching may recur up to a year later without a visible rash. Dried parts of the plants can be handled sa
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in shallow pots with a well draining, sterile mix; 50/50 organic/inorganic of coarse perlite, pumice; sphagnum peat or good compost. Avoid manures. Irrigate from below. Provide bright, indirect light and a transparent cover to retain moisture.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Bulbils
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 17, 2019 4:48 PM

Medium-sized, offsetting, green or glaucous agave with channeled, arched leaves in a characteristic urn-like shape. Leaf margins may be unarmed; or have a few, irregular teeth; or (rarely) have regular, small teeth. Origin unknown. Member of the Sisalanae.

Expect some confusion about the name. A. de-meesteriana is the current name for the plant also described in 1866 as A. desmettiana and discussed by Gentry in 1982 using that name, which was later corrected to A. desmetiana. The alternate (hyphenless) spelling A. demeesteriana may be used by some.

Frequently seen in an attractive, marginally variegated form in cultivation. Related to "Joe Hoak", which may be a hybrid or a cultivar.

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