Agave potatorum 'Variegated'

Agave potatorum ‘Variegated’

There is a lot of variation in this species and this one was probably grown from seed, meaning its true colors and patterning are probably yet to be seen. This is primarily cream and a dusty grey-green with each leaf tipped by a red spine. Yellow outside and green in the middle is more typical for the species. It looks as if the lighter area is caused by the pressure on the leaf when it is forming, so I suspect that all of the leaves will have the green margin and light stripe down the middle. Over time it should form a magnificent rosette.

Kissho kan translates into “lucky crown” or “happy crown”

Pronunciation: a-GAH-vee poh-tuh-TOR-um

Species Meaning: Of drinkers; referring to a plant's use in brewing beer

Agave potatorum is native to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Cultivation Notes

Grow in bright light, especially in our cooler climate and keep water to a minimum during winter.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20176

Found in Compost Heap,

This one didn’t make it for us. Probably got too wet during winter.


We acquired this plant from Hirt's.

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Agave

Species: potatorum

Commonly known as: Butterfly Agave, Kissho kan Marginata

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Zn9b - down to 25F

Resistant to Deer.

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