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Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’ (Octopus Agave)

Octopus Agave 'Stained Glass', Agave vilmoriniana 'Variegata', Octopus Agave 'Variegata'

Agave vilmoriniana  'Stained Glass', Octopus Agave 'Stained Glass', Agave vilmoriniana 'Variegata', Octopus Agave 'Variegata', Yellow flowers, drought tolerant plant, evergreen plant
Agave vilmoriniana,Octopus Agave, Yellow flowers, drought tolerant plant, evergreen plant
Agave vilmoriniana,Octopus Agave, Yellow flowers, drought tolerant plant, evergreen plant
Agave vilmoriniana,Octopus Agave, Yellow flowers, drought tolerant plant, evergreen plant

Prized for its graceful variegated foliage, Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’ (Octopus Agave) is an evergreen succulent perennial adding great interest in the landscape. It forms a solitary rosette of narrow blue-green leaves adorned with creamy-yellow margins. They arch and undulate, resembling the tentacles of an octopus. While the leaves are toothless, making this Octopus Agave a relatively safe plant for walkways or containers, their edges are lined with small, but sharp serrations. Spectacular golden-yellow flowers atop a 10 ft. spike appear on mature plants (after 7-10 years). This plant is monocarpic and dies after flowering. While it does not offset and form pups, it produces plantlets along the bloom spike that you may want to replant in order to ensure a continuing presence of this beauty in the garden. This plant makes a dramatic focal point in sunny borders or decorative containers.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy or gravelly, well-drained soils in full sun. Once established, water infrequently during the hot season. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders or in decorative containers.
  • Deer resistant. The flowers produce nectar and are attractive to birds and hummingbirds
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects.
  • Agave vilmoriniana is native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Octopus Agave, Agave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock 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 macroacantha (Black-Spined Agave)

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Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)
Echeveria harmsii (Red Echeveria)
Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm)
Opuntia santa-rita (Santa Rita Prickly Pear)

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Octopus Agave, Agave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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