Agave x 'Tres Equis'

XXX! Over a decade ago while traveling in northeastern Mexico we came across a population of Agave near the Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon border that appeared to be the result of a hybrid swarm. The population varied tremendously with plants having A. americana like-leaves to plants having shorter and stouter A. gentyi like-leaves. The leaf surfaces of some of the plants were smooth as silk, similar to A. gentry, while others had leaf textures of sand paper, like A. asperrima (syn. A scabra). The tones of coloration on these plants varied as well. To us, it appeared that the genes of at least three species were at play here, with populations of Agave americana var. protoamericana, Agave asperrima and A. gentryi all converging. Each plant could resemble one of the species but when viewed as a whole it is obvious they are of hybrid origin. One plant in particular seemed to be the most ornamental with its gray-green horizontal markings and widely spaces marginal teeth. It was the best of this hybrid conglomeration and we labeled it 'Tres Equis'! The plant produces medium-sized, open rosettes composed of erect spreading leaves that are a silver in color but exhibit darker greener horizontal striping erratically along the leaves length, often referred to as banding. The texture of the leaf surface is scabrous and the leaves become channeled with age. A plant sure to stir debate amongst agavephiles on blog postings internet wide. The plant will be happy in dry, bright shade or full sun. For the leaf banding to be most pronounced the plant need to be grown in a moderate to low rainfall region. In wet, wet areas ( regions averaging over 35" of rain a year) the leaf banding gets washed out and may not exhibit well. Listed here are bare-root pups.
Nuevo Leon, MX
8 to 10
4 feet x 6 feet

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