Agave victoriae-reginae 'Golden Princess'
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Kazo Bana', Agave victoriae-reginae 'Variegata', Agave victoriae-reginae 'Aurea Marginata', Agave victoriae-reginae 'Aureo-Marginata'
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Golden Princess', also known as Agave victoriae-reginae 'Kazo Bana', is a beautiful small succulent that forms compact rosettes of green leaves with broad yellow margins in addition to the distinct white, slightly raised markings. The rosettes slowly grow up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and up to 1.5 feet (45 cm) in diameter, producing offsets to form a small clump. The leaves are trigonous, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide. They taper to a pointed tip and end in a short black terminal spine. The margins of the leaves are smooth and spineless.
Flowers are creamy-white to pale yellow or sometimes in shades of red and purple. They appear in summer on an unbranched spike reaching 13.1 feet (4 m).
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Golden Princess' is a variegated cultivar of Agave victoriae-reginae.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °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. On the other hand, if 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 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 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 you repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and ensure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep to encourage stem rot during the growing season.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
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