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Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' (Variegated Octopus Agave)


Scientific Name

Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass'

Common Names

Variegated Octopus Agave


Agave vilmoriniana 'Variegata'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' is a succulent perennial that forms a solitary rosette of green leaves with creamy-yellow striped margins. It grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and about the same in diameter, with an open arrangement of leaves, making it look a bit like a striped spider or octopus.


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. If, however, you are 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, Agaves 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 is also best to handle your plant 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. 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.


Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' is a variegated cultivar of Agave vilmoriniana. It was discovered by the late succulent expert Charles Glass and shared with California nurseryman Randy Baldwin, who named and introduced it in 2008.


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