Agave bracteosa var. Mateo


The Agave bracteosa var. Mateo is an upright growing succulent indigenous to Mexico. Rosettes are typically solitary. Leaves take on a beautiful light green to green color. Unlike the vast majority of other species in the Agave genus, this plant sports spineless leaves. Each leaf has a pale band going down the center. Leaves initially grow vertically in the center of the plant, eventually arching back towards the outside.

The Agave bracteosa var. Mateo is drought tolerant (especially in coastal gardens). Good candidate for cactus and succulent gardens. Low water needs. Thrives in full sun to light shade. Requires a well-draining soil.


Children/pet friendly-

1. Unlike the majority of other Agaves, this species sports spineless leaves


1. Low overall water needs
2. Drought tolerant
3. Great candidate for cactus/succulent gardens

Container plant-

1. Perfect candidate for containers
2. Small - medium sized Agave
3. Growth rates can be greatly reduced by keeping said specimen in smaller pot

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full sun
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Low water needs- drought tolerant
Mature Height: 
2' - 3'
Mature Width: 
2' - 3'
Latin Name: 
Agave bracteosa var. Mateo
Common Name: 
Squid Agave, Octopus Agave, Spider Agave

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