Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta' is an architectural plant that develops into a nearly spherical rosette, making it an excellent addition to any garden.
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta'
Accepted Scientific Name
Agave victoriae-reginae T. Moore
This plant is a compact form of Agave victoriae-reginae.
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta' is an attractive succulent that forms a compact rosette of rigid deep green leaves adorned with distinctive white markings, mainly along keels and spinless margins. The rosette grows very slowly, usually does not produce offsets, and can reach up to 12 inches (30 cm) in height and 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. The tapering leaves of the rosette end in a small terminal spine.
When mature (over ten years), the rosette produces an erect, unbranched spike that bears densely packed flowers and grows up to 15 feet (4.5 m) tall. The flowers are typically creamy-white to pale yellow, although they may also appear in shades of red and purple. After flowering, the rosette dies.
How to Grow and Care for Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta'
Light: For optimal growth, Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta' requires full sun to partial shade. If you are growing it indoors, choose a sunny window with as much sunlight as possible. From spring to fall, it enjoys being outside.
Soil: This plant can tolerate most soil as long as it has good drainage, but it thrives in sandy or rocky soil but
Temperature: This plant prefers warm temperatures during the growing season and cooler temperatures while resting in winter. It grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 20 to 50 °F (-6.7 to 10 °C).
Watering: To keep your Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta' healthy, water it thoroughly when the soil becomes dry from spring to fall. In winter, water it sparingly, about once a month. If you have the plant in a container, it will require more frequent watering than plants in the ground.
Fertilizing: During the first two years, give the plant a small amount of fertilizer in the spring. After that, the established plant will take care of itself.
Repotting: If you notice your Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta' becoming pot-bound, repot it with fresh soil in a new pot slightly larger than the old one. Give the plant a week or so to readjust before you water it again.
Propagation: Since it has a solitary growth habit, this plant can only be propagated by seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Toxicity of Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta'
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta' is not toxic to humans but may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.
Hybrids of Agave victoriae-reginae 'Compacta'
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