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Agave univittata 'Quadricolor' – Quadricolor Century Plant

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Scientific Name

Agave univittata 'Quadricolor'

Common Names

Quadricolor Century Plant

Synonyms

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor', Agave univittata 'Goshiki Bandai', Agave univittata 'Goshikibandai', Agave kerchovei 'Pectinata'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave univittata 'Quadricolor' is a very distinctive and attractive, small Agave up 18 inches (45 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) wide. The leaves are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and dark green, edged with yellow and having a pale green midstripe. The yellow marginal stripes, are highlighted by dark reddish teeth. It flush red when grown in bright light to give the leaf four distinct colors.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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

Origin

Garden origin.

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