Variegated smooth agave

​Agave desmetiana 'Variegata'

  • ​Common Name: Variegated Smooth Agave (other common names: Dwarf Century Plant, Variegated Smooth Century Plant 'Variegata', Maguey Semati, Dwarf Variegated Agave, Golden Moments, Maguey, Century Plant)
  • Scientific Name: Agave desmetiana 'Variegata'
  • Family Name: Asparagaceae
  • Origin: Mexico
  • Height: 2’ – 3’
  • Width: 4’ – 6’
  • Growth: fast
  • Zone: 9B - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade – full shade
  • Salt Tolerance: 
  • Soil/PH/Texture: any cactus like potting soil will work for this un-picky plant.
  • Soil Moisture: average water needs but do not over water – water when soil is completely dry to the touch.
  • Drought Tolerance: high
  • Pests/Diseases: virtually disease and pest free besides the occasional slug or snail that may eat the leaves or rot root from over watering.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: grown for its foliage that is a rosette with dark blue-green leaves with a yellow variegation on the spiney margins, thick, rigid, and lanceolate-linear in shape, have a reddish terminal sharp spine, are 3’ long, 4” wide. The blooms are pale yellow, form on a 8’ tall stalk in the center of its rosette once in its lifetime in about 8 – 10 years, and appear in mid spring to mid fall but because they are monocarpic, they die after flowering.
  • Propagation: by dividing rhizomes, bulbs, corms, tubers, pups, or offsets, by leaf cuttings and from seed.
  • Wildlife: attracts birds and butterflies
  • Facts: may be a noxious or invasive weed and the sap can cause blistering and reddening that can last up to two weeks. Itching can occur up to a year later w/o a rash appearing.
  • Designer Considerations: can be used in mass plantings, as an accent plant, border, in a cactus, desert, succulent or rock garden, great for xeriscaping and can be a container plant on a patio or deck.

Variegated smooth agave


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