Agave Albopilosa

Where does succulent come from?

Synonyms:Agave albopilosa I.Cabral, Villarreal & A.E.Estrada

Agave Albopilosa - The Succulent WorldThe scattered populations of Agave albopilosa are found in a high altitude area of the nature reserve of La Huasteca in the Sierra Madre Oriental (Mexico).

What succulent looks like?

Agave Albopilosa - The Succulent WorldThe white hair agave (Agave albopilosa) is an extra small species forming solitary or clustered balls of numerous, narrow leaves.

The white hair agave (Agave albopilosa) is an extra small species forming solitary or clustered balls of numerous, narrow leaves. It is unique in the genus and distinguished by the very peculiar full ring of white hairlike fibres just underneath the terminal spine. From a distance it looks like cotton balls on the end of each leaf, however the new leaves do not carry hair, but the horny area around the terminal spine looks a bit like the tip of a triangular wooden pencil that opens like a mesemb capsule to reveal the snow-white fibres. They could act as the areoles in cacti, and may serve as a capacitor and water sensor.

For a plant that lives on vertical cliffs, it can be effective. This plant lives in the same manner of a bromeliad Tillandsia. Would it also absorbs moisture through its leaves and absorb water drops through its leaves? It is very slow growing and will grow to around 30 cm in diameter. Three year old seedlings are the size of a tennis ball.

How to grow succulent?

Agave Albopilosa - The Succulent WorldAgave albopilosa requires well-drained soil and light shade to full sun exposure, but prefers some afternoon shade during the hottest summer month to avoid being fried by sun.  To give this marvellous plant vigour and life, water well during spring and summer and let it become barely moist between waterings. Requires good ventilation and avoid over-watering.

How to take care succulent?

Agave Albopilosa - The Succulent WorldProne to Mealybugs and scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse. Keep at minimum temperatures above zero in order to obtain good results, but it will tolerate quite low temperatures ( -7 to -8° C), and probably lower if its association with Agave bracteosaand Agave victoriae-reginae is any indication. In cold climates it is advisable to cultivate these plants in pots in order to protect them during the winter in dry, fresh rooms. Because the Plant is so new to horticulture, information on hardiness is scarce.