Agave desmettiana -v- marginata


The Agave desmetiana -v- variegata is found only in cultivation. Botanists believe that its ancestors may be traced back to Sinaloa, Mexico and Cuba. This suckering succulent (a plant whose new growth develops from the rootstock. A suckering plant does not reproduce from a seed, it grows from the base of its root at a certain distance away from the plant), that forms an upright rosette.

The Agave desmetiana -v- variegata is a relatively easy species to cultivate. Fast growing, typically producing numerous offsets. Flowers are pale yellow in color. More sensitive to cold temperatures than most Agaves (a light freeze of 28° F can burn the plant). Hardy down to approximately 21° F (this is especially true if the plant has been kept dry). As with all cacti and succulents, if a cold snap is predicted, cover the Agave with a tarp or blanket. Do not forget to use a stick or pole to prop up the cover, so that the plant is not crushed. Please do not hurt your friend!

Utilize a very well-draining soil. This Agave is a perfect candidate to either be potted or grown in the ground. Plants cultivated outdoors are more drought tolerant. Thrives in partial sun to shade. During the summer months, you will notice substantial growth if ample water is properly provided. Always make sure that the soil has dried out thoroughly before watering again. During the winter months, only provide enough water to stop leaves from shrivelling. Winter storms and rain can cause edema (a swelling in plants caused by excessive accumulation of water). This can be avoided by either bringing the plant inside or by providing shelter from the storm via a blanket and/or tarp.


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Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Pale Yellow
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Partial shade to sun
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer, drier in winter
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Latin Name: 
Agave desmettiana -v- marginata

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