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Agave 'Desert Diamond' (Variegated Butterfly Agave)


Scientific Name

Agave 'Desert Diamond'

Common Names

Variegated Butterfly Agave, Desert Diamond Century Plant

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave 'Desert Diamond' is an attractive succulent that forms a remarkably symmetrical rosette of green leaves with light cream, prominent margins. The rosette grows up to 15 inches (37.5 cm) tall and up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. The marginal and terminal spines emerge yellow, then transition to light brown, and finally age to cinnamon-brown.


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

How to Grow and Care

Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're 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're 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, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. When you do repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.


Agave 'Desert Diamond' is a hybrid introduced by Hans Hansen in 2013. It is a wide-edged sport of Agave 'Kissho Kan'. It has more vivid variegation than its parent and it grows slightly slower due to the extra white in the leaves.


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