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Agave toumeyana ssp. bella 'Gila'

Hardy Century Plant

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Item #: 8573

Zones: 7b to 9b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

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

This seed collection of the dwarf Agave toumeyana ssp. bella hails from Gila County (north of Phoenix), Arizona at 4,100' elevation, where it covers the faces of large rocky cliffs, growing alongside Agave chrysantha. Agave toumeyana is named after early 1900s botanist J.W. Toumey, who did quite a bit of field work in Arizona. The cute, small, offsetting 6" tall x 10" wide rosettes are composed of narrow dark green leaves, highlighted with random straight white lines that look like someone's been snorting coke from the foliage. This form of Agave toumeyana ssp. bella has performed very well in our cold damp winters provided it is planted at an angle and has good drainage. Agave toumeyana ssp. bella is eventually topped with short 4' tall spikes of small flowers...a hummingbird favorite.