Agave americana ‘medio-picta’ or Century Plant is a variety of Agave americana of average height with a broad central white or yellow band on the leaves. The edges are dark green.
The leaves are rigid and erect, slightly recurved and twisted.
The variety with a white band is called Agave americana ‘medio-picta’ alba and the variety witha yellow band Agave americana ‘medio-picta’ aurea.
Otherwise, the characteristics and care similar to Agave americana
American aloe, Maguey, Variegated century plant
Agave: from the Greek agauos (admirable)
Americana: new Latin derived from the English America
USDA zones 8-11, -10 °C but for a short period in very dry circumstances
Poor and well drained sandy soil
Water regularly during growing season but don’t allow water to stagnate, water sparingly in winter
Fertilize every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with special cactus fertilizer with low nitrogen content
Only from suckers
- sap in the leaves is very irritating
- spines are very sharp, you should not place the plant in a place of passage
- Agave americana medio-picta: Forest & Kim Starr