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An exquisite Agave from high altitude, 2500 m (8200 ft.), in the mountains of Oaxaca around Tlaxiaco. The broad, soft leaves have a silky, pale bluish surface, much like Agave attenuata, which contrasts well with a very finely toothed, red leaf edge. They form a dense rosette, no more than 100 cm (40 in.) across and sometimes a short trunk. In cultivation, it adapts easily to most warm temperate climates and can take prolonged cool conditions but only brief freezes. It was introduced into cultivation in Europe in the 19th century but still remains rarely seen today.