Agave kerchovei ‘Huajuapan Red’


Agave kerchovei ‘Huajuapan Red’ is a stunning arid plant prized for its striking appearance and vibrant colouration. This cultivar features rosettes of slender, blue-green leaves edged with white, toothed, margins, creating a dramatic contrast. As the plant matures, the foliage takes on a bold, red hue making it a showstopper.

With its compact size and low water requirements, ‘Huajuapan Red’ thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Ideal for drought-tolerant landscaping and container gardening, this agave adds a bold focal point to arid gardens. Not reliably hardy in the U.K., it could be tried outdoors in the mildest locations but would require protection from the cold and winter rain.


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Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico
Genus: Agave
Species / Cultivar: kerchovei 'Huajuapan Red'

Plant Biography

Agave kerchovei ‘Huajuapan Red’ is a cultivar of Agave kerchovei, a species native to central Mexico. The botanical history of Agave kerchovei dates back to its discovery and classification by botanists. Named in honor of Belgian botanist Léon Kerchove de Denterghem, it belongs to the Agavaceae family.

The ‘Huajuapan Red’ cultivar was discovered relatively recently just outside the central Mexican city of Heroica  Huajuapan de Leon in Oaxaca. Today, it remains a sought-after choice among arid enthusiasts for its aesthetic appeal and adaptability.

Agave kerchovei 'Huajuapan Red'
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Minimal Watering
In summer water sparingly when soil has dried out significantly. Little to no water in winter.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.6-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Agave kerchovei ‘Huajuapan Red’ thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Water sparingly, as it is drought-tolerant once established. With a compact size, typically reaching less than a metre in height and spread, it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor settings, including containers. It is not one of the more frost-tolerant Agave so it will be happy outdoors in the summer months, or in an unheated conservatory year-round.

Prune any dead or damaged leaves to maintain its appearance. This low-maintenance plant adds a bold touch of colour to arid gardens and xeriscapes, perfect for those seeking striking yet easy-to-care-for succulents.

Expert Tip

The red colouration shows up best when the plant is stressed, so do not overwater!


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