Agave, White-Striped Century Plant, Maguey 'Alba'

Agave americana var. medio-picta

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: americana var. medio-picta
Cultivar: Alba
Synonym:Agave americana var. medio-picta f. alba


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:

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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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

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

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Gilbert, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Bostonia, California

Brisbane, California

Carmichael, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Rancho Calaveras, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Valley Center, California

Valley Springs, California

Summerfield, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Blue Diamond, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

La Luz, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Cleveland, Ohio

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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... read more


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.


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

Varigated form with white stripes in centre of leaves.