Agave wercklei – A Costa Rican Rarity

  • Agave werckleyi
  • Agave werckleyi 1gal
  • Agave werckleyi 5gal

1 Gallon $10.80$24.50

The Agave wercklei makes a fantastic container plant and often flourishes when taken care of and watered in a container over specimen in the wild.

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Agave wercklei - A Costa Rican Rarity

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Agave werklei
  • Family:  
  • Origin:  
    Costa Rica and Central America
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
  • Height:  
  • Width:  
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    20 to 25°F
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high
  • Light Requirement:  
    Partial to full sun
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant but can use some summer irrigation in hottest months.
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove/replant pups and remove dead leaves as desired. Trim terminal spines if desired.
  • Uses:  
    Beautiful decorative Agave.This is a beautiful, ornamental plant that's great in landscape borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens, raised planters or xeriscape plantings. Leaves have teeth along their margins and a longer spine at the tip so take care to locate this plant away from foot traffic. Makes a dramatic statement in a large container as well. Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts nectar-feeding birds when in bloom.
  • Propagation:  
    Remove bulbs from flower stalk. Replant offshoots. Seeds and plantlets can be collected and planted after flowering. Retain the spent flower spike after blooming has finished to allow plantlets to fully develop.
  • Problems:  
    Very sensitive to cold, not frost tolerant. Root rot can develop in cool winters due to poor draining soils.
  • Special notes:  
    The Agave wercklei makes a fantastic container plant and often flourishes when taken care of and watered in a container over specimen in the wild. The Agave wercklei is a rarity from Costa Rica which grows along the Rio Grande, and only in recent years has the Agave wercklei spread from it's home. We acquired our specimens from collector, John Lemish that re usually not available in the trade. The Agave Wercklei is an incredibly beautiful plant with pleated leaves and flowers that have deep bulbiferous panicles in a deep golden yellow color. This is a beautiful small to medium-sized agave with pretty silvery-green colored leaves that are edged with small reddish brown teeth and brown terminal spines. It has a nice form with straight to slightly recurred leaves which are narrow at the base and widen in a spade shape before narrowing again at the tip. Leaves show some nice patterning from the bud, but it is not as pronounced as in some other agave species. This is a monocarpic plant with golden-yellow to orange colored flowers. The flower spike can reach 20-25 feet and is covered with bulbils after it matures. It is somewhat frost sensitive and may need protection from hard frosts in inland areas. A. wercklei is native to the Rio Grande region on the Pacific slope of Costa Rica where it in grows hot, sparsely populated grasslands alongside ceiba trees and vanilla orchids. It is uncommon in the wild but becoming somewhat more available in the nursery trade and is grown as an ornamental plant in Central America.

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1 gallon, 5 gallon