Monday, October 5, 2009

Agave filifera ssp. schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

While moving plants around in the greenhouse, trying to make more room, I was reminded of this nice Agave: Agave filifera ssp. schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'.  The origin of this cultivar is not known, though it's been around for quite a while under the name Agave filifera 'Compacta Marginata'. The name was added by Plants Delight nursery and means "Queen of the White Thread".

We've always liked Agaves, but in recent years have been impressed by some of the new cultivars. In addition, we've become aware that many are quite hardy and can survive even our wet, cold winters, given enough soil drainage. Unfortunately this may not be one of them, though it appears to be hardy to 15 degrees F. But it stays small enough to make a great potted subject.

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