Agave americana variegata

Agave americana variegata

Agave americana ‘variegata’ or Century Plant is a cultivar of Agave americana.

He differs from the type by the thin yellow or white margin at the gray-green leaves, making it a very striking ornamental.

Otherwise, the characteristics and care similar are to Agave americana.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Agave, Century plant

Etymology:

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

Origin:

Mexico and Central America

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:

Seed, suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • sow in a light mix, preferably mixed with sand and gravel
  • sow at the surface: the seeds need light to germinate
  • moisten the soil
  • cover the pot with clear plastic and place it in full sun on a hot spot (20 °c)
  • the seedlings may be transplanted into a sandy substrate with very good drainage and placed outside in full sun when the weather permits
  • germination: 30-90 days

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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