Saturday, May 3, 2008

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Agave 'Kissho Kan' is a Dwarf Variegated Butterfly Agave cultivar that will always stay small. It shouldn't get any larger than 12 inches high and wide. "Kissho Kan" is Japanese for happy or lucky crown. There are quite a few 'A. Kissho Kan' cultivars from Japan. This one is one of the most attractive with its creamy margins and reddish-brown terminal spines. Dwarf Butterfly Agave cultivars are highly prized in Japan, and they are also becoming popular with collectors in the United States.

A. 'Kissho Kan' cultivars, especially the varigated forms, are still hard to find in the United States. They are somewhat expensive even for a young specimen such as mine. I've seen very young A. 'Kissho Kan' cultivars selling on Ebay for up to $45.00. My Agave came from a cactus grower, so I know it is truly what it is labeled. Some of the plants on Ebay that are called A. 'Kissho Kan' are no more an A. 'Kissho Kan' than a rose! I've seen some Octopus Agave pups being passed off as A. 'Kissho Kan' and selling for $30.00. The poor buyers will be shocked when their so-called rare cultivars grow out of the pots and become huge Agave specimens. Regular Agave pups are a dime a dozen; people can't even give them away here in Arizona.

Potter Mark Muradian's beautiful handmade pot seems to be a good home for this little guy. It will always remain a container plant, sheltered from the intense summer sun in Phoenix, or frost in the winter. Other than that, it is cared for just like any other Agave. This is my second Dwarf Butterfly Agave. They are addictive!


beckie said...

This is a wonderful little plant! And I really like the pot. I had no idea ebay had plants for sale. Buyer Beware!

Julie said...

Oh, I really like this one! The creamy varigation is spectacular! I like how the thick leaves come to a long brown tip. I love your container also...beautiful.

Stuart said...

The pot is great.

I don't know what it's like in the States, but over here, most growers tend to go for purely functional pots. I've recently got my hands on a 13" Echinocactus grusonii, though, and it's such a nice plant that I think it needs the right pot to set it off.

Needless to say I haven't been able to find one yet...