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Agave celsii 'Nova'

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: (Agave celsii hybrid)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave celsii 'Nova' - A beautiful solitary rosette forming succulent to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide with broad blue-gray leaves that are broadest toward the middle and have faint longitudinal lines and reddish-brown regularly-spaced small spines along the margins. This fast growing plant blooms at a relatively young age, producing an erect spike to 6 feet tall with short peduncles, each bearing multiple pale yellow flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. It withstood the frosts of January 2007 in a garden in a cold location of Santa Barbara where temperatures dropped to around 22 F and this plant was not damaged. We purchased our original stock of this plant from Rancho Soledad Nursery in January 2005 and were told that it was from seed collected by that nursery's breeder and agave expert, Kelly Griffin. We used the name we purchased this plant as, but the structure of the flowers indicates that this plant is likely a hybrid and not a form of Agave celsii. Because of its tendency to bloom at such an early age we discontinued production of this plant in 2011.  This description is based on our research and on the our observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery and landscape plantings in our own nursery garden and other gardens that we visit. We also will incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave celsii 'Nova'