Agave, Center Stripe Agave, Quadricolor Century Plant, Maguey 'Quadricolor'

Agave univittata

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: univittata (yoo-nih-vy-TAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Quadricolor
Synonym:Agave caerulescens
Synonym:Agave heteracantha
Synonym:Agave lophantha
Synonym:Agave vittata


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, California

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

Sonoma, California

Lecanto, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Austin, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 22, 2012, GermanStar from Fountain Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Fantastic Agave! Takes full sun, hardy, and pups to such an extent as mildly invasive. They're quite small, mine is about 14", though still growing, but with all the pups, it makes for a stunning colony.


On Feb 25, 2011, victorengel from Austin, TX wrote:

Nice, compact plant. I got this plant in part because of the promised compact form. Mine is, perhaps, 6 inches across now, with several shoots being sent out to produce more pups.

It has been growing in a large, Mexican strawberry pot and weathered this past year's winter there. Temperatures dropped to 17 degrees F.


On Jul 17, 2010, estrail1rider from Melfa, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have one, too and it hasn't grown either...about 2 1/2 to 3". Of course, I have it in the house here so that may be the problem. I am going to list it as a special trade for for a bit and if it doesn't go quick, then I will plant it at the shore house across the Chesapeake Bay in VA. My Agave that was not supposed to live there made it through the winter but did have some freeze damage to the leaves. It was a colder than usual winter.


On Feb 17, 2010, hoitider from Emerald Isle, NC wrote:

This was purchased from plants delight cost 20.00.but it has never grown to the dimensions,they described,after two years it is 3 inches wide and 2and a half inches tall,must have gotten a dwarf.It has quadricolor, it has wintered over nicely in zone 8and als produced one pup.To pricey for no more than its done