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Products > Agave oteroi 'Kyoto'
Agave oteroi 'Kyoto' - Japanese Fishhook Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: [Agave FO-76 Selection, A. titanota?]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave oteroi 'Kyoto' (Japanese Fishhook Agave) A small agave that grows slowly to about 8 inches tall and a foot wide but can be kept considerably smaller when grown in a small pot. It has broad short, gray-green leaves with a reddish-brown terminal spine and long narrow wavy recurved teeth along the leaf margins that emerge a golden color and age to a gray white. The cartilaginous leaf margins themselves age to the same color as the spines, which gives this plant a very distinctive look. Plant in full to part sun along the coast but give some protection from afternoon sun in hot interior gardens. It has proven cold hardy to 20 F and may tolerate even colder temperatures. This is a nice plant for a small spot in the garden or as a potted specimen. The origin of this Agave oteroi clone is a bit murky but we have built up stock on it by coring a plant we purchased from Guy Wrinkle-Exotic Plants in 2009. Given its cultivar name (Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture on the main island of Honshu in Japan), our best guess is that it originated as a seedling in Japan from the Sierra Mixteca Agave, which for years circulated as Agave sp. FO-076, Agave titanota "Sierra Mixteca" with the Felipe Otero collection designation FO-076 and was later described as Agave oteroi by Greg Starr and Tristan Davis in the Summer 2019 issue of Cactus and Succulent Journal (Vol. 91 N. 2), making this plant's official name Agave oteroi 'Kyoto'.  The information about Agave oteroi 'Kyoto' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.