Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’ ‘The Squid Agave’


Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’ known as the ‘Squid Agave’ is a rare agave originating from Mexico in the Coahuilan Desert where it grows on limestone cliffs between 3,000 and 5,500 feet high. Agave bracteosa  ‘Calamar’ differs from the species by have a more pronounced arching arching habit giving a stronger impression of squid or octopus tentacles the narrow leaves are also a deeper green almost bluish colour when well grown. What we really like too is it’s lack of any spines or spiky parts being quite a cuddly little succulent a rare thing amongst Agave species. Great for containers or front of border planting the ‘Squid Agave’ rarely grows higher than 40cm with a spread of around 60cm the plants slowly forming clumps as they age. Another interesting feature is the flowering spike produced on mature plants reaching 100-150cm high densely covered in dainty white flowers packed with nectar, the flowers quiet unlike any other Agave. What I haven’t mentioned is that this is probably one of the hardiest Agaves available to gardeners here, tolerating temperatures below minus 10 degrees centigrade given a free draining compost and sunny position.

So in essence a rewarding Agave, easy to grow showing remarkable hardiness and being spineless suitable for planting in a wide range of positions where it’s more spiky cousins would be downright dangerous.

Eventual Plant Size

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.


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