ISI 2019-14. Agave victoriae-reginae ‘Himesanoyuki’

This choice dwarf selection was originally received by the International Succulent Institute, the precursor to the Huntington’s ISI, from Japanese nurseryman Mr. Shosaku Shoji. The cultivar name translates as “snow princess”, a reference to the diminutive proportions of this form of the Queen Victoria agave. We first offered small offsets as ISI 92-30 and stated that mature rosettes reached only 4" diameter. Since that time we have grown a specimen in our Desert Conservatory where it has topped out at about 8" diameter. This time we’ve worked up a crop and retained them until they attained a bit more size. At this point they are about 4" diameter and starting to form the hemispherical rosettes of more mature, show-worthy plants—time for the Snow Princess to return! HBG 71208. $15.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 91 (2), Summer 2019