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Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave)

Marbled Agave, Marble Leaf Agave, Huiscole, Pisomel


Slow-growing, Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave) is a medium-sized evergreen succulent forming a handsome solitary rosette with up to 30-50 large, broad, blue-gray, convoluted leaves, often adorned with pale blue and gray-green stripes. The colorful banding is highlighted as the leaves unfurl from around the central cone. The leaves are deeply serrated and lined with sharp spines along their edges. This Agave derives its common name from the grayish marble-like hue and transverse zones that bar sometimes the leaves. Mature plants flower only once. They are topped with a magnificent flowering spike that can reach 20 ft. (6 m), and bears clusters of brilliant golden yellow flowers, which grace the skyline. Eye-catching, the nectar-rich blooms will attract the attention of scores of bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. The flowering rosette dies after flowering. This striking Agave holds up well in drought situations and can take light freezes. It is wonderful when used as a specimen or simply to provide year-round foliage color. It is often used in a pot as a patio plant where it makes an eye-catching statement.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy or gravelly, moist or dry, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders.
  • Deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by offsets
  • Native to Mexico, Oaxaca.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Agaves
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Agaves
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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