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Agave americana - 'Variegata' (Agave)

Type Herbaceous flower, Alpine, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Variegated green-silver Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Half hardy, Seaside Friendly
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Agave americana - Cultivation Notes

This impressive succulent requires planting in full sun in any well drained soil. A mild climate is a must if it is to survive the British weather. Alternatively plant in a container and re-locate under glass during winter months.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Agave americana:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Agave americana

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Agave americana:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location

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