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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave americana var. medio-picta f. alba

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: americana var. medio-picta f. alba

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Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive baiissatva On Sep 12, 2008, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b Coastal Otago, New Zealand
This is a striking form of A Americana, which is purported to have irritant sap, yet I have had no experience of this with any Americana cultivar.
Slightly smaller than the regular variety, with a more exaggerated curve to the leaves in many cases, this is a very eye catching addition to any succulent collection, just as easy to grow and frost hardy as the regular kind. Easily handles a medium frost; though we hardly ever go below -1 or 2C here, mine has been frozen solid with no permanent damage to the plant.
The thorns are dangerous but can be clipped off without damaging the leaf itself.
Seems to be a slightly less prolific pupper than A Americana. Doh!

Just a note here about minimizing damage to succulent/aloe/agaves that have been caught by frost- in my experience, leaf destruction can be lessened or even avoided if you spray the affected plants with cold water, before the sun hits them. Im not sure why this works but vineyards use the technique down here too. Perhaps it provides a kinder, more gradual thaw- Ive noticed that frozen leaves hit by the sun seem to sustain more burning and catastrophic collapse.

Positive ogrejelly On Jun 29, 2008, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This agave does grow slower than the "regular" Agave americana but its contrast makes it more interesting and eye catching. I notice little difference in the way the two propagate which is sometimes annoyingly often. Pups can be transplanted and rooted easily so if you are looking to fill up space in the yard, americana var. will give you plenty of ammo.

It seems equally susceptible to the snout weevil here in the Phoenix area. This bug is becoming so common here that you may find yourself having to treat your plants if you want to keep older specimens. Certainly something to think about if you are not willing to use poison (Grub killer) in your yard.

Neutral cactus_lover On Nov 4, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Varigated form with white stripes in centre of leaves.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fountain Hills, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Brisbane, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Rancho Calaveras, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Valley Center, California
Summerfield, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Blue Diamond, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
La Luz, New Mexico
Cleveland, Ohio
Austin, Texas

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