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Agave americana 'Mediopicta'

Century plant

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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

More a succulent border perennial than a shrub because it does not develop permanent woody stems, and regarded by many as an indoor or seasonal plant for growing outdoors in summer. The Century Plant, as Agave is sometimes known, eventually forms an enormous rosette of stiff, dangerously pointed leaves, and only flowers when about 30-40 years old, after which the main plant dies, leaving young offsets as successors. Plants need warm sunny positions, protected from winter wet, and in many gardens are best grown in containers. Agave Americana 'Mediopicta' produces leaves with a yellow variegated mid-stripe.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Agave

Species: americana

Cultivar: Marginata

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: October to April

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