An unusual, small, clustering Agave from steep limestone canyons of the Sierra Madre Oriental in the Mexican States of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon between 900 and 1700 m (3000 and 5500 ft.). The small rosettes holds up to 15 soft, very finely toothed, recurved, mid-green leaves, tapering from the base to a fine point. The inflorescence is a showy, tall, unbranched spike that holds numerous, white flowers. In cultivation, A. bracteosa does well in many temperate climates, where it will even survive severe freezes. It looks best in light shade, especially in hot climates, and needs ample water during the growing season. Otherwise it is a rather carefree Agave and also makes a lovely potted plant.