Agave americana medio-picta

Agave americana medio-picta

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

Nomenclature:

Common names:

American aloe, Maguey, Variegated century plant

Etymology:

Agave: from the Greek agauos (admirable)
Americana: new Latin derived from the English America

Origin:

Mexico

Habitat:

Arid plains

Hardiness:

USDA zones 8-11, -10 °C but for a short period in very dry circumstances



Care:

 

Soil:

Poor and well drained sandy soil

Exposure:

Sun

Water:

Water regularly during growing season but don’t allow water to stagnate, water sparingly in winter

Fertilizer:

Fertilize every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with special cactus fertilizer with low nitrogen content

Propagation:

Only from suckers

Notes:

  • sap in the leaves is very irritating
  • spines are very sharp, you should not place the plant in a place of passage

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