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Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' (Variegated Fox Tail Agave)


Scientific Name

Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes'

Common Names

Variegated Fox Tail Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' is a beautiful Agave with butter-yellow leaves with narrow, green marginal stripes. It forms a clump up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall with many rosettes of pliable leaves that emerge from a tight central spear to arch gracefully back towards the ground. The inflorescence is a dense raceme, up to 10 feet (3 m) tall, with greenish-yellow flowers.


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

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How to Grow and Care

Gardeners can plant Fox Tail Agave directly in the ground or a container. Pots and planters are easy to move around gardens that have changing light conditions. When planting Agave in the ground, homeowners should choose an area that gets plenty of sunlight.

Gardeners should make a hole about the same depth as the container Fox Tail Agave originally came in. This keeps from shocking the plant. Once it is in the ground, gardeners should pat fill dirt lightly around the plant and water it well. The same rules apply for containers or ground plots.

Fox Tail Agave is a sturdy plant that tolerates both under and overwatering well. For optimal growth, Fox Tail Agave needs a thorough watering once a week during warm weather, particularly if it receives full sunlight. Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.


Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' is a variegated cultivar of Agave attenuata.


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