Agave sp. 'Ruth Bancroft'

Category: Succulents
Family: Asparagaceae
Origin: Mexico
Evergreen: yes
Flower Color: unknown
Bloom Time: spring
Height: 14 inches
Width: 1 ft
Exposure: sun to part sun
Irrigation: low
Cold Hardiness: 15 F
Description: This Agave potatorum hybrid with its distinctive straight red spines came from the Ruth Bancroft Garden. It bloomed at the same time as Agave ovatifolium, which only makes it more interesting. Agave x potatorum is cold hardy to only about 15 F, but because most species of agave are protandrous, i.e. stamens ripen before ovaries deterring self-pollination, the seedlings very likely are part ovatifolia and thus possibly more cold hardy.