Agave ‘Kissho Kan’

Dwarf Variegated Butterfly Agave. Slow-growing to only a foot. Translation “Happy crown” or “Lucky crown”
On the West Coast, these formerly pricy, collectible agaves are really dropping in price. If I see one in a 4-inch pot, I swoop.


I might have taken a moment to brush it off after potting it but seemed to have been overwhelmed with its beauty in the green pot and just grabbed a camera.

“Forgive our dust.”


For reasons I don’t understand, many slightly different variegated striations are named ‘Kissho Kan.’ A Japanese selection. Either a selection of A. potatorum or parryi.

My Agave potatorum bloomed this summer and is no more, so this little guy takes the sting out of that monocarpic loss.

San Marco Growers is sticking with ‘Kichiokan Marginata.’

Whatever its name, I feel extremely kissho with this agave.

Zone 10-11 but at this size would seem to be easy to overwinter.

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4 Responses to Agave ‘Kissho Kan’

  1. You’ve done a fabulous job of matching up pot and plant. I hope to have the opportunity to swoop soon!

  2. Sheila says:

    How sweet! I was not aware of dwarf agaves! I will be on the lookout for some.

  3. Now you pointed it out, I see the similarity to a. parryi, but the variegation really skewed my perception of its form. That’s a great little specimen!

  4. Grace says:

    Such a sweet diminutive specimen but not without its duplicity; namely those dangerous tips. And I agree with Loree, the pot is perfect!

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