Agave univittata Haw.
Thorn-crested Century Plant, Thorn-crested Agave, Thorncrest Century Plant, Thorncrest Agave
Agave lophantha, Agave caerulescens, Agave heteracantha, Agave heteracantha var. univittata, Agave vittata
Agave univittata, also known as Agave lophantha, is a succulent plant that forms rosettes of thick fleshy leaves with sharp and prominent spines on the edges and tips. The leaves are stiff and wavy along the margins. Flowers are greenish-white to yellowish-green and appear on up to 16 feet (5 m) tall stalk.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 10b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Agaves are not difficult plants to grow. They are slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you are 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 are the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might be 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 is also best to handle your plant as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. When repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
This species is native to the coastal areas of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico, at elevations less than 300 feet (100 m).
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