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Agave murpheyi 'Engard' – Variegated Hohokam Agave


Scientific Name

Agave murpheyi 'Engard'

Common Names

Variegated Hohokam Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave murpheyi 'Engard' is a medium sized Agave that forms rosettes up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and across, with straight, upright, medium light green, up to 2 feet (60 cm) long leaves. They are yellow banded, with small teeth widely spaced along the margin. The variegation on the leaf is often just strong yellow margins but occasionally there are multiple yellow stripes in the middle of the leaf and sometimes the leaf seems more yellow than green. The green-tinged, purple flowers held on a compact, branching spike within the top third of its up to 12 feet (3.6 m) overall height, are accompanied by many bulbils in the flower axils.


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, 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'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 new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Agave.


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