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Agave potatorum, photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia
Agave potatorum, photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia

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Moderate, Minimal
Toxicity
Sap causes severe skin irritation

Agave potatorum

Butterfly Agave

Cacti and succulents

Grows 1–2 ft. high and 2–3 ft. wide, usually as a solitary rosette. Its short, broad, toothed, blue-gray leaves flare outward, giving a ruffled appearance. Each leaf istipped with a distinctive, often twisted, reddish spine. Best in full sun. Needs regular water indesert, little to moderate water along coast. Fine choice for a large container.

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