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Agave angustifolia 'Marginata' (Variegated Caribbean Agave)

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Scientific Name

Agave angustifolia 'Marginata'

Common Names

Variegated Caribbean Agave

Synonyms

Agave vivipara var. marginata

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave angustifolia 'Marginata' is an evergreen, succulent plant up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and wide, with a dense rosette, rounded in outline, atop a short trunk up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall that is usually hidden until plants get some age. The leaves are up to 2 foot (60 cm) long, fairly stiff, narrow and concave towards the middle with a broad central band colored pale green and strong creamy white margins that often have a flush of pink. When in flower, which does not occur until this plant is at least 10 years old and often much later, it sends up an up to 10 feet long spike with a well-branched panicle bearing greenish-white flowers.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Agaves are not difficult plants to grow. They are slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you are the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. If, however, you are the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might the way to go. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.

In general, Agave do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and will take a long time to outgrow their pot. It is also best to handle your plant as little as possible, since they do not like to be disturbed. When you do repot, refresh the spent soil with new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave

Origin

Agave angustifolia 'Marginata' is a variegated cultivar of Agave angustifolia.

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