Agave americana 'Variegata'

Agave americana ‘Variegata’


  • Botanical name: Agave americana 'Variegata'
  • Common name: Agave
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, Evergreen
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More a succulent border perennial than a shrub because it does not develop permanent woody stems, Agave americana ‘Variegata’ is a variegated form of Agave americana, regarded by many as an indoor or seasonal plant for growing outdoors in summer. It eventually forms an enormous rosette of stiff, dangerously pointed leaves. It only flowers when about 30-40 years old, after which the main plant dies, leaving young offsets as successors.


This cultivar is similar to ‘Mediopicta’, except that ‘Variegata’ has green leaves with creamy margins, whereas the reverse is true for ‘Mediopicta’.


Grow Agave americana ‘Variegata’ in well-drained soil in full sun. When mature they’ll be able to cope with cold and frosts provided they’re protected from winter wet. Young plants will need extra protection. Alternatively grow in containers which you can move indoors in autumn.

How to grow Agave 'Variegata'

  • Plant size

    2m height

    3m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

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Agave 'Variegata' and wildlife

Agave 'Variegata' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Agave 'Variegata' poisonous?

Agave 'Variegata' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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