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Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave)

Marbled Agave, Marble Leaf Agave, Huiscole, Pisomel

Agave marmorata, Marbled Agave, Huiscole, Pisomel, Succulent, Drought Tolerant Plant
Agave marmorata, Marbled Agave, Huiscole, Pisomel, Succulent, Drought Tolerant Plant

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 sometimes bar 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 beautiful when used as a specimen or 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 the 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.

Agave: Plant Care and Growing Guide


Agave plants are popular for landscaping because they are rich in many qualities and have a striking architectural appearance. Here are some tips on how to plant and grow agaves successfully

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Agave bovicornuta (Cowhorn Agave)
Agave tequilana (Blue Agave)
Agave angustifolia var. marginata (Caribbean Agave)
Agave xylonacantha (Saw Leaf Agave)
Agave x leopoldii (Leopold Agave)
Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’ (Octopus Agave)

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

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Do I Need?
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