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Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi' (Queen of White Thread-leaf Agave)

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Scientific Name

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

Common Names

Variegated Thread-leaf Agave, Queen Of White Thread Century Plant, Queen of White Thread-leaf Agave

Synonyms

Agave filifera 'Compacta Marginata', Agave filifera subsp. schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi', Agave schidigera 'Shira-ito-no-ohi'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Origin

This cultivar of Agave schidigera is of unknown origin.

Description

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi', also known as Agave filifera subsp. schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi', is a slow-growing succulent with an attractive solitary rosette of dark green leaves with creamy-white margins, curly white hairs, and sharp, reddish terminal spine. The rosette grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. When the plant matures, it produces up to 10 foot (3 m) tall flower stalk with greenish flowers. After flowering, the plant dies.

The common name comes from Japanese "shira-ito," meaning "white-thread" and "no ohi," meaning "queen" in an apparent reference to the curly white leaf hairs.

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi' (Queen of White Thread-leaf Agave) aka Agave filifera subsp. schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

Photo by Gee.S

How to Grow and Care for Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

Light: These plants require full sun to part shade. If you are growing Agaves indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun possible. Agave plants love going outside from spring to fall.

Soil: Agaves will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but their preference is sandy or rocky soil.

Hardiness: Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi' can withstand temperatures as low as 15 to 50 °F (-9.4 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 8b to 11b.

Watering: Mature plants are very drought tolerant. From spring to fall, water thoroughly your Agave when the soil mix becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.

Fertilizing: Give your Agaves a small amount of fertilizer in the spring during the first two years.

Repotting: When the pot becomes full of roots, it has become pot-bound. If you notice you Agave becoming pot-bound, repot it with new soil in a new pot that is just slightly larger than the old one.

Propagation: Since it can take years to produce seeds, Agaves are usually propagated by offsets.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.

Toxicity of Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi' is not listed as a toxic plant, but it may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.

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