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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Glaucous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
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: 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
Child plants: 2 child plants

Common names
  • Happy Crown Agave
  • Lucky Crown Agave
  • Century Plant
  • Maguey
Also sold as:
  • Kichiokan

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Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-11-16
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-11-16
Location: Baja California
Date: 2013-12-28
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-12-26
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-05-02
Fiery spines on new leaves
Location: Balboa Park - San Diego, California           
Date: 2013-08-16
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-08-23
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-11-19
Recently separated offset
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-08-09
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-10-31
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2008-10-20
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2008-10-20
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jun 7, 2018 6:04 PM concerning plant:
    Attractive clumping dwarf artichoke agave with many blue leaves in a tight rosette. This plant has gone by various names (also "Kissho Kan", "Kichiokan", "Kitsusyokan") based on the original kanji. The currently accepted "Kichijokan" was published in Starr's "Agaves" (2012). This name can be loosely translated to "Happy Crown" or "Lucky Crown" -- those have been used as common names in English speaking countries. It is from the potatorum/isthmensis group, though its precise species origin is not clear.

    Frost sensitive. Provide excellent drainage. A well behaved if somewhat prolific landscape plant, and an excellent, long-lived container plant as well. Most compact form in full sun. Easily propagated from offsets. Leaves have a distinct rough texture.

    After some good rain when the plant is growing in full swing, the spines may be various colors. They emerge yellow and pass through orange and red to brown and eventually whitish grey in maturity. This plant is quite photogenic, especially at maturity and especially when in active growth.

    Not to be confused with a variegated version of this plant, "Kissho Kan", which has creamy margins and grows somewhat slower and smaller. The variegated "Kissho Kan" is probably more popular in cultivation but both are reasonably common plants. The other variegated forms of this plant are much less common in cultivation.

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