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Agave desmetiana ‘Variegata’

Variegated Smooth Agave, Agave regeliana, Agave miradorensis, Agave desmettiana, Variegated Dwarf Agave

Agave desmetiana 'Variegata', Variegated Smooth Agave, Agave regeliana, Agave miradorensis, Agave desmettiana, Variegated Dwarf Agave
Agave desmetiana 'Variegata', Variegated Smooth Agave, Agave regeliana, Agave miradorensis, Agave desmettiana, Variegated Dwarf Agave

Graceful and upright, Agave desmetiana ‘Variegata’ is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces urn-shaped rosettes of elegantly curved, bright green leaves with bright golden-yellow edges and a terminal reddish-brown spine. A few tiny teeth adorn the leaf’s margins. This Agave rarely flowers. Fast-growing, it often produces many offsets. A fabulous Agave that makes a dramatic focal point and can be used in decorative pots.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm).
  • Easily grown in slightly acidic, sandy or gravelly, moist or drywell-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates part shade, particularly in hot desert gardens where light shade will prevent scorching of the foliage. Keep in a frost-free area in winter and put it out on the patio or balcony in summer. Irrigate little or regularly for more vigor. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens, or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders or in decorative containers.
  • Deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for slugs and snails.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 5 - 12
Climate Zones 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’ (Octopus Agave)
Agave macroacantha (Black-Spined Agave)
Agave filifera (Thread Agave)
Agave weberi ‘Arizona Star’ (Weber Agave)
Agave bracteosa (Squid Agave)
Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave)

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Sedum nussbaumerianum (Stonecrop)
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Fire Sticks)
Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer)

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 5 - 12
Climate Zones 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Do I Need?
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