Agave sp. FO-076 Sierra Mixteca (Agave titanota
This is a very
interesting plant and quite different from the typical Agave titanota
described by Gentryi.
It is one of the prettiest and most sought after Agaves. It forms deep
grey-green rosettes with
very thick leaves and large
wicked-looking, parchment coloured lateral spines. Very handsome when
Description: Agave titanota is a medium
sized agave that is extremely robust looking and form a mostly solitary
rosette with wide, open crown of few leaves, up to 75 cm in diameter.
There are two different looking forms of this plant, the typical
A. titanota defined by Gentry with ghostly white colored leaves
gradually blend in habitat into the squatter round, greener form
described by Felipe Otero (frequently sold as Agave sp. Sierra
Mixteca FO-076), But some blue plants are found isolated at the
edge of. the range of the green populations, with no green plants
Leaves: Wide alabaster-white (in the gentry form), deep
grey-green or pale blue (in the Felipe Otero form) up to 60cm long, 12cm
wide and are broader near the tip and narrower at the base. The margins
of the leaves are lined with varying degrees of teeth from nearly
toothless to broad papery wicked-looking, parchment coloured
Cultivation: It tend to be slowing than
the standard white-grey species plant, hence the price. They do well in
full sun or a lightly shaded area.
In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there
is no need to mist the leaves. Agave titanota is theoretically
hardy to -3° C, particularly when dry
but it is best to avoid severe
freezing temperatures. Heat Tolerance: Excellent
easy to propagate by seeds or by
suckers (if available) Remove the basal suckers in spring or
summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in
Use: These striking plants are wonderful when used for accent or
simply to provide some all year round foliage colour and often used in a
pot as a patio plant, they make an eye-catching statement and along with
other evergreen plants in pots, can be moved around to change the
scenery or position to give more shelter.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Agave titanota.
Agave sp. FO-076 Sierra Mixteca
Scientific Name: Agave titanota Gentry
Habitat: Endemic to limestone hills.
Ecology: Like most Agave species, this plant is monocarpic,
meaning that it will only bloom and bear fruit once during its life
before dying. As Agaves approach maturity at 10 to 30 years of age, they
accumulate a large amount of carbohydrates in their tissues that provide
the energy that fuels the rapid development of the large flower spike.
In nature, pollination by migratory nectar-feeding bats initiates the
production of seeds that will be dispersed by the wind and produce the
next generation of plants.
A juvenile specimen