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Agave x leopoldii 'Hammer Time'

Hammer Time Century Plant

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Item #: 8316

Zones: 8a to 10b, guessing

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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I first saw this agave when visiting the late Gary Hammer's California nursery...a plant Gary discovered in Mexico, which became variegated upon his return home. This deliciously wicked little agave is a selection of Agave x leopoldii (Agave filifera v. filifera x Agave filifera v. schidigera) that forms an 15" tall x 20" wide clump of 0.25" wide bayonet-like, dark green leaves, each etched in white, edged with a chartreuse border, then covered in curly white hairs that would make Santa proud. Agave 'Hammer Time' does offset occasionally, unlike both of its parents. Growing this gem is a bit like having a pet porcupine, so handle with care. We named this in memory of Gary, who was killed in an auto accident in 2011 at age 57.