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White Tuft Agave
Originally discovered in 1997, this captivating dwarf Agave has caused quite a stir among enthusiasts after the publication of its scientific description as a new species in 2007, and it has remained perhaps the most highly coveted of all Agave, but at the same time generally unavailable. Agave albopilosa is found only in the Huasteca Canyon not far from Monterrey in northeastern Mexico, where it grows in small cracks in the sheer limestone cliffs typical of the region, between 1000 and 1500 m. It is a dwarf Agave with numerous, narrow, angled, grayish green leaves with sharp edges in a hemispherical rosette to no more than 40 cm in diameter, similar to a very compact Agave striata. It would probably not attract much attention, were it not for its leaf tips which are adorned by tufts of fine, bright white fibers, a feature totally unique among Agave. In cultivation, Agave albopilosa adapts well to most warm temperate climates, where it is easily grown in full sun with excellent drainage. It also makes a nice, albeit very slow growing container plant.