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Accepted Scientific Name: Agave filifera subs. schidigera cv. Shira Ito No Hoi
Origin and Habitat: Garden origin (probably Japan)
- Agave filifera subs. schidigera cv. Shira Ito No Hoi
Agave filifera Salm-Dyck
Hort. Dyck. (1834) 309.
- Agave filifera Salm-Dyck
- Agave filamentosa Salm-Dyck
- Agave filamentosa var. filamentosa Baker
- Agave filifera var. filamentosa (Salm-Dyck) Baker
- Bonapartea filamentosa (Salm-Dyck) Boucen.
- Agave filifera var. candida superba hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave filifera var. immaculata hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave filifera var. longifolia hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave filifera var. mediopicta hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave filifera var. splendens hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave filifera var. viridis hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave pseudopilifera
Agave filifera f. cristata
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave filifera subs. microceps Kimnach
Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 67: 309-310, fig. 1995 6128
- Agave filifera subs. microceps Kimnach
- Agave microceps (Kimnach) A.Vázquez & Cházaro
- Agave filifera var. compacta Trel.
Agave filifera subs. multifilifera (Gentry) B.Ullrich
Brit. Cact. Succ. J. 10: 66. 1992 comb. & stat. nov.
- Agave filifera subs. multifilifera (Gentry) B.Ullrich
- Agave multifilifera Gentry
Agave filifera subs. schidigera (Lem.) B.Ullrich
Brit. Cact. Succ. J. 10(3): 65 (1992)
- Agave filifera subs. schidigera (Lem.) B.Ullrich
- Agave filifera var. schidigera (Lem.) A.Terracc.
- Agave schidigera Lem.
- Littaea roezlii Roezl
- Agave discreptata J.R.Drumm.
- Agave filifera var. adornata Scheidw.
- Agave filifera var. pannosa K.Koch
- Agave perplexans Trel. in L.H.Bailey
- Agave schidigera var. angustifolia Lem.
- Agave schidigera var. ignescens Lem.
- Agave schidigera var. plumosa Lem.
- Agave taylorii hort. ex Besaucèle
- Agave schidigera var. taylorii (Besaucèle) H.Jacobsen
- Agave vestita S.Watson
- Agave wrightii J.R.Drumm.
Agave filifera subs. schidigera f. compacta hort.
- Agave filifera subs. schidigera cv. Shira Ito No Hoi
ENGLISH: Perennial Queen of White Thread Century Plant
Description: This is a slow-growing (non-offsetting) century plant with a compact, symmetrical, solitary rosette up to 30 cm tall by 25-45 cm wide.
Leaves: Dark green with a sharp reddish terminal spine and margins highlighted with a strong creamy-white variegation and curly white hairs.
Flower: When plant matures it can produce red-purple buds and greenish flowers on a 3 m tall spike.
Remarks: Agave schidigera differs from Agave filifera by being solitary, typically having longer more flexible leaves that are not thickened toward the base and larger flowers. This plant has been in cultivation for years as Agave filifera f. compacta marginata.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave filifera group
- Agave filifera Salm-Dyck: Forms tight rosettes of narrow, hairy, stiff dull-green leaves with very sharp terminal spines.
- Agave filifera f. cristata: This is one the very few known crested agaves, it forms a strange fan shaped, wavy rosette.
- Agave filifera subs. schidigera (Lem.) B.Ullrich: Small or medium sized plant that forms stemless rosette to 60 to 90. It is decorated with thin white curly marginal fibres spreading in all directions which sometimes are very dense.
- Agave filifera subs. schidigera f. compacta hort.: Very compact, small, symmetrical plant, growing to 20-30 cm wide and 20-25 cm tall. Leaves decorated with thin white curly marginal fibres and with very ornamental white bud imprints.
- Agave filifera subs. schidigera cv. Shira Ito No Hoi: Rosette is composed of dark green leaves, each highlighted by a creamy-white border and curly white hairs.
- Agave х leopoldii hort. ex G.Nicholson: Miniature hybrid species (A. filifera x A.filifera var. schidigiera) that has lots of fibres peeling off its short, very narrow leaves, and lots of suckers.
- Agave х leopoldii cv. Hammer Time: The leaves are slightly elongated with a golden stripe down their edges.
- The cultivars name comes from Japanese “Shira-ito” meaning white-thread and “no ohi” (or “no oji”) meaning queen. (Queen of White Thread-leaf Agave) (Agave filifera subs. schidigera cv. Shira Ito No Hoi) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Cultivation and Propagation: It is an excellent plant suited to north parts (avoid strong direct sunlight).
It works well with other succulents or even tropical plant material. It is well suited for a container inside or a sheltered warm spot outdoors. Although it survives in poor soils and can tolerate full sun to to full shade, it does best in rich but well-drained soil mix ( 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part of pumice) with filtered sun exposures. The plant is drought tolerant but does better with ample moisture and grows quickly if kept well watered and nourished (Slow release fertilizer applied once or twice a year is usually sufficient). During the winter months, one should only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling. Plants cultivated outdoors are more drought tolerant. Protect from snails which can also disfigure the plant.
Propagation: By removing suckers (seldom available) produced at the base of older plants or by micropropagation.
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