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Agave victoriae-reginae

Century plant

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Key information

Plant type

Cactus or succulent

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Smaller and less spikey than many other agaves, this species makes an interesting addition to a succulent collection. It is a native of Mexico where it is found in desert and semi-desert regions. Large groups are found growing on steep canyon walls. In the UK, it is best grown in the greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Agave

Species: victoriae-reginae

Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April


Reader reviews

george_quattrucci

I have bought an Agave variegata with the full knowledge that it is not completely hardy, yet I have seen many outside during winter. Mine is small enough to bring in to the consevatory at the moment, but when it grows how can I protect it during winter; especially one as harsh as the last that put paid to many of my "hardy" palms?


Cactus_Mat

Hi George, I'm guessing you bought a variegated type of Agave americana. They are a little more tender than the bog standard species but if you can sit it inside an unheated greenhouse to keep it dry and maybe wrap it around with fleece on colder nights it ought to come through winter ok.


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