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Agave x leopoldii (Leopold Agave)

Leopold Agave

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Agave × leopoldii, Leopold Agave, Agave

Agave × leopoldii (Leopold Agave) is an attractive and versatile hybrid succulent, known for its compact, upright growth and striking foliage. Its adaptability to various environments and low maintenance needs make it a popular choice for gardeners and landscape designers looking for a drought-tolerant, architectural plant.

Agave x leopoldii: An In-depth Look

Native: Agave x leopoldii is a miniature hybrid species involving Agave filifera and Agave schidigera.

Plant Type and Habit: This succulent is characterized by its rosette growth habit, forming tightly packed, upright rosettes.

Size: Leopold Agave is relatively small compared to some other Agave species, usually reaching about 12 inches in both height and width (30 cm). This compact size makes it suitable for smaller gardens and container growing.

Flowers: Like many Agaves, it produces a tall flower spike of yellow flowers, but this occurs rarely and typically late in the plant’s life. Capsule-like fruits containing seeds are produced after flowering. The parent plant often dies post-flowering.

Foliage: The leaves are narrow, stiff, spine-tipped, with a striking green color, often featuring lighter stripes or margins. They feature thread-like filaments curling from the margins.

Uses: Ideal for rock gardens, succulent gardens, and as an architectural element in landscaping. Also suitable for container gardening and xeriscaping.

Award: Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hardiness: It’s hardy in USDA zones 9-11, preferring warm, dry climates.

Toxicity: The sap of Agave plants can be irritating to the skin and toxic if ingested.

Wildlife:Attracts pollinators when it blooms, but otherwise, it does not significantly attract wildlife.

Deer and Rabbit: Generally resistant to deer and rabbits due to its spiny nature.

Drought: Highly drought-tolerant, requiring minimal water, making it suitable for arid environments and water-wise gardening.

Invasiveness: Not considered invasive; its slow growth and infrequent flowering make it a manageable plant in gardens.

Benefits: Offers low maintenance, drought tolerance, and architectural interest in the landscape. Its compact size is advantageous for small spaces.

Agave Growing Tips

Light: Thrives in full sun, ideally receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Can tolerate partial shade but may grow slower.

Soil: Requires well-draining soil, preferably a cactus or succulent mix. Avoid soil that retains moisture for extended periods.

Water: Water sparingly; the soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Reduce watering in the winter during the plant’s dormant period.

Fertilizer: Use a diluted, low-nitrogen fertilizer designed for succulents during the growing season (spring and summer). Fertilize sparingly; over-fertilization can lead to weak, spindly growth.

Pruning: Generally requires little to no pruning. Remove dead or damaged leaves as necessary, using protective gloves.

Propagation: Propagate by offsets or “pups” that grow around the base of the plant. Remove pups in spring or early summer and plant in well-draining soil.

Pests and Diseases: Watch for pests like mealybugs, aphids, or scale insects. Susceptible to root rot in overly moist conditions. proper soil and watering are crucial.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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