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has gorgeous wide creamy-yellow margins on blue-green undulating spidery foliage. This is an excellent variegated Agave for smaller areas of the garden.
Origin and Habitat: Garden origin. California (USA)
ENGLISH: Dwarf Variegated Century Plant
Description: This is a compact, small monstrous and strongly variegated form of Agave americana that sometime stay solitary or that suckers to form small colonies. There is some question whether it is a cultivar of Agave americana or not, but but the rare blue reversion looks nothing like Agave americana. It has attractive colours, though somewhat brighter, than Agave americana f. variegata.
Rosette: Grows slowly up to about 45 cm tall x 75 cm wide.
Leaves: Short, unusually thick, wavy blue-green highlighted by 5 cm wide golden borders. The leaf margins tend to be somewhat irregular and irregularly spined as well.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave americana group
- Agave americana L.: Solitary or slowly clumping grey-blue rosette up to 4 m wide up to 150-200 cm tall. The leaves are often refexed above the middle. Cultivated worldwide with several different variety.
- Agave americana f. aureo-marginata hort.: Variegated cultivar with yellow stripes along the margins of each leaf.
- Agave americana var. expansa (Jacobi) Gentry: has a short trunk up to 60 cm tall with grey-glaucous cross zoned leaves.
- Agave americana f. medio-picta alba: Variegated cultivar with a broad white band down the centre of each leaf.
- Agave americana var. oaxacensis Gentry: Has very large glaucous-white leaves with nearly straight margins. Leaves never reflexed. Cultivated form mainly in Oaxaca Valley.
- Agave americana var. picta (Salm-Dyck) A.Terracc.: The name "picta" has been variously used to indicate a number of varieties, segregated largely on the basis of the yellow or whitish striations. This variegated forms are inconstant in their colour patterns.
- Agave americana subs. protamericana Gentry: Regarded as the wild progenitor of the cultivated Agave americana differs in its greater variability in form, spination and colour of the leaves which generally are shorter, compact and wider.
- Agave americana subs. protamericana cv. Blue Steel: has beautiful steel-blue, tight, upright, leaves with wider blade than some clones.
- Agave americana var. striata Trel. in L.H.Bailey: Variegated cultivar with multiple yellow to white stripes along the leaves.
- Agave cv. Cornelius: small monstrous and strongly variegated form with gorgeous wide creamy-yellow margins on blue-green undulating spidery foliage.
Agave cv. Cornelius Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Cultivation and Propagation: These striking small agaves are wonderful when used for accent or simply to provide some all year round foliage colour and often used in a pot as a patio plant, they make an eye-catching statement and along with other evergreen plants in pots, can be moved around to change the scenery or position to give more shelter.
Cultivation: This is a very popular cultivar but it is relatively slow to grow and propagate, it tend to do less well than the standard blue-grey species plant, hence the price. They do well in full sun or a lightly shaded area.
In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there is no need to mist the leaves. Agave americana is theoretically hardy to -9° C, particularly when dry but this cultivar is more tender and it is best to avoid freezing temperatures.
Propagation: Exclusively by suckers Remove the basal suckers (if available) in spring or summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost.
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