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.
Agave, Century plant
Agave: from the Greek agauos (admirable)
Americana: new Latin derived from the English America
Mexico and Central 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
- 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
- sap in the leaves is very irritating
- spines are very sharp, you should not place the plant in a place of passage