Butterfly Agave


Agave potatorum is a small to medium-sized solitary Agave. It has broad gray leaves that form in an open symmetrical rosette up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 3 feet (90 cm) wide. The many up to 18 inch (45 cm) long leaves are slightly reflexed back near the tips with chestnut brown spines. The 1 inch (2.5 cm) long terminal spine is slightly wavy and the short marginal spines are on tubercle-like prominences. The flower spike can be up to 20 feet (6 m) long when fully developed and bears pale green and yellow flowers tinged with red and subtended with red bracts.

Exposure: Filtered sun or full shade

Flower Color: Yellow

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most 2" plants are shipped in their original plastic pot with soil. Fragile and big 4" plants are shipped bareroot to ensure their safety. When opening your package, some soil may be loose in the box. Plant orders are shipped within 3-5 days depending on availability of the plant. We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, please message us so we can upgrade your shipping (additional cost applied).

Here is our blog about the shipping process and packaging

We do not ship outside of the continental United States. 

We only ship out beautiful, healthy plants! Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival. If you receive your package and are not satisfied, please message us immediately. Fragile plants such as bearpaw, baby toe, etc. may break or loose a few of their leaves during transport. Please contact us for replacements if your plants are severely damaged. We'll try our best to accommodate you. 

Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year. Sedums such as Cherry Tart and Lime Zinger are dormant in the winter, i.e. they wilt, start dropping leaves, and look dead. It's simply a survival mechanism that help succulents stay alive over the cold winter and gear up for warmer days ahead.

Provide porous soil with adequate drainage, pots with drainage hole are recommended. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Never let your succulents sit in water. Do NOT water on the leaves. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes.

The hotter it is outside, the faster your soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often if you live in a hot area. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods; protect from frost to prevent scarring.

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Beautiful color and shape

I love the shape and color of this Butterfly Agave. It is a very attractive plant, arrived bare root, carefully wrapped and in excellent shape. It has acclimated well, is growing quickly and visibly thriving. I planted it into a dark red pot that complements the plant's color beautifully.

MORENO VALLEY, United States

Etsy Reviewed by Jonathan

Very happy with my potatorum agave, it wa packaged well;the plant arrived in great condition; cant wait to order from again for more :)

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eBay Review By lihsuan

Beautiful healthy plant. Love it!