Agave Cornelius

Agave ‘Cornelius’


  • Botanical name: Agave 'Cornelius'
  • 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 doesn’t develop permanent woody stems, Agave ‘Cornelius’ is a variegated, low-growing agave.


While regarded by many as an indoor or seasonal plant for growing outdoors in summer, this variety is said to be able to survive temperatures down to -8°C. It eventually forms an enormous rosette of stiff, dangerously pointed leaves. Little is known about the origin of this cultivar, but the parent species may be Agave americana.


Grow Agave ‘Cornelius’ in well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from winter wet, alternatively grow in containers which you can move indoors in autumn. 

How to grow Agave 'Cornelius'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

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

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

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Do not Plant in July

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Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Agave 'Cornelius' and wildlife

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

Is Agave 'Cornelius' poisonous?

Agave 'Cornelius' 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

Plants that go well with Agave 'Cornelius'


Agave montana

Mountain agave