Agave isthmensis “Little Butterfly”
Known as the Dwarf Butterfly Agave, this is a very beautiful dwarf variety, a seed grown selection. It is very compact in nature, with a rounded habit, growing to about 18 cm in diameter. The short and broad leaves are grey with light-coloured teeth and spines. The leaf surfaces displays very attractive imprints.
It is a really neat and attractive, relatively slow-growing plant that forms lovely specimen plants.
Plant size: Well established plants, about 5 to 7 cm or 8 to 10 cm in diameter are offered.
Agave is a large new-world genus with more than 250 species known from the Americas. They are commonly known as Century Plants, as it was believed these plants flower once in a century.
The plants take many years to reach maturity but produces very tall many-flowered inflorescences. They are known as monocarpic plants, a term used for plants that dies back after its flowering cycle is complete, this is due a large amount of energy that is transferred into the development of the large inflorescences and the fact that the inflorescences are borne terminally, terminating the growing points of the plants. The plant reproduce by offsetting, seed or small plantlets that develops on the spent inflorescences.
Many Agave species are grown as crops or for their uses, most commonly know is Agave sisalana (from which sisal is derived, used for making rope and various other materials) and Agave tequilana (from which the Tequila is made).