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Agave guiengola Gentry

Creme brulee agave, agave

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusAgaveFrom Greek, meaning “noble”
SpeciesguiengolaFrom Cerro Guiengola, the mountain where this was first discovered

About plant names...

Creme brulee agave is native to the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where it grows at elevations of 328-3281′ (100-1000 m).

Plants: Like other agaves, plants form a basal rosette of leaves. They reach 2-4′ (60-121 cm) in diameter.

Leaves: Thick, whitish-green to bluish in color, ovate to lanceolate, up to 1½′ (57 cm) long and 5-6″ (13-15 cm) wide. Leaf edges are brown, with dense teeth. Leaves are soft, and break easily.

Flowers: A spike up 6½-9½′ (2-3 m) high. Flowers are pale yellow to white, and ~1¼″ (3.3-3.5 cm) long. They appear in clumps near the base. Flowers appear from February to March.

Fruits: Elongated, brown capsules ¾-⅞″ (2.2-2.4 cm) long.

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Agave guiengola description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2020.

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Agave guiengola (creme brulee agave, agave)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida

Range: Zones 9-11:

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