The history and flowering of Agave xleopoldii

Walker, Colin (2022). The history and flowering of Agave xleopoldii. Cactus & Succulent Review(35) pp. 9–12.


Agave xleopoldii is an attractive garden hybrid and hence unknown in the wild. This cultivar was first described in 1893 by the renowned Victorian gardener William Watson at Kew, having been raised by Dr W.B. Kellock in his garden at Stamford Hill, London, around the mid 1880s. The parentage is recorded Agave filifera x Agave princeps but the latter name is of uncertain status.
Agave xleopoldii has, for over a century, proven to be robust in cultivation, readily propagated and hence. reasonably well known.
In June 2022 a specimen 55 cm in diameter flowered after 10 years in cultivation. This event is described and illustrated. The spike was 1.35 m tall with flowers up to 6 cm long.
A variegated cultivar, Agave 'Hammer Time', is also described.

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