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Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria Century Plant)

Queen Victoria Century Plant, Queen Victoria Agave, Royal Agave, Agave Ferdinandi-Regis, Agave scabra × victoriae-reginae, Agave victoriae-reginae f. longifolia, Agave victoriae-reginae f. longispina, Agave victoriae-reginae var. nickelsiae

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Agave victoriae-reginae,Queen Victoria Century Plant, Royal Agave, Agave Ferdinandi-Regis, Agave scabra × victoriae-reginae, Agave victoriae-reginae f. longifolia, Agave victoriae-reginae f. longispina, Agave victoriae-reginae var. nickelsiae
Agave victoriae-reginae,Queen Victoria Century Plant, Royal Agave, Agave Ferdinandi-Regis, Agave scabra × victoriae-reginae, Agave victoriae-reginae f. longifolia, Agave victoriae-reginae f. longispina, Agave victoriae-reginae var. nickelsiae

Incredibly attractive, award-winning Agave victoriae-reginae is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a perfectly spherical, solitary rosette of thick, smooth and spineless, dark green leaves. Each leaf is adorned with almost ‘hand-painted’ white margins and a small terminal spine. While infrequent, mature plants (over 10 years) flower only once. They are topped with a magnificent flowering spike that can reach 15 ft. (5m), and bears dense clusters of creamy-white flowers. The flowering rosette dies after flowering and will have to be replaced as it usually does not offset. Very slow-growing, this distinctive Agave is terrific for sunny borders or containers.

  • Grows up to 1 ft. tall (30 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm). May reach 15 ft. (450 cm) with flower stalk.
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Easily grown in slightly acidic, sandy or gravelly, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Once established, needs only occasional watering. Dry soil and drought tolerant
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders or in decorative containers.
  • Attracts hummingbirds and birds but is deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects.
  • Propagate by offsets in spring or fall
  • Use caution, safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants, well covered shoes, and gloves when cutting this plant.
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Heat Zones 5 - 12
Climate Zones 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
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 9" - 1'
(23cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

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)
Agave macroacantha (Black-Spined Agave)

Recommended Companion Plants

Sedum nussbaumerianum (Stonecrop)
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Fire Sticks)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Heat Zones 5 - 12
Climate Zones 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
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 9" - 1'
(23cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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