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Accepted Scientific Name: Agave bracteosa cv. Monterrey Frost
The frozen squid-like architectural rosette of sandpapery green foliage is edged with a perfect creamy-white margin, eventually producing a 30 cmtall x 45 cm wide variegated specimen that will offset sporadically after it matures.
Origin and Habitat: Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)
Agave bracteosa S.Watson ex Engelm.
Gard. Chron. (1882) I. 776. f. 139.
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave bracteosa f. mediopicta alba
ENGLISH: Variegated Octopus agave, Variegated Squid Agave, Frosted Candelabrum Agave, Perennial Century Plant, Spider Agave
Description: The Agave bracteosa is a solitary or clumping rosette up to 45 (60) cm in diameter, It forms clusters to 1,2 m across.
Leaves: Medium green, spineless and toothless both along the edge and at the tip, smooth and soft. The They are upright and recurved above the middle (fountain like); measure up to 40 long and 3-5cm wide near the base and taper to the tip. Variegated forms occur.
Flowers: The inflorescence is a spike of creamy yellow flowers, 1.8 m tall, coming in early summer.
Remarks: The Agave bracteosa does not always die after blooming, contrarily to most other Agaves. There has been some controversy to whether this species is always monocarpic, but most of the plants with mature flowers will dye, so it appears to be at least 'mostly' monocarpic.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave bracteosa group
- Agave bracteosa S.Watson ex Engelm.: Atypical-looking plant with narrow spineless and toothless leaves both along the edge and at the tip, smooth, soft, irregularly spreading and recurved at the tip.
- Agave bracteosa f. mediopicta alba: has heavily variegated leaves distinguished by the green leaf borders and cream variegation in the centre.
- Agave bracteosa cv. Monterrey Frost: has variegated leaves distinguished by the creamy-white in the leaf borders and green in the centre.
Notes: Remarks: The Agave bracteosa does not always die after blooming, contrarily to most other Agaves. There has been some controversy to whether this species is always monocarpic, but most of the plants with mature flowers will dye, so it appears to be at least 'mostly' monocarpic.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Urs Eggli “Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons” Springer Science & Business Media, 06 December 2012
2) San Marcos Growers contributors Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost' - Frosted Candelabrum Agave San Marcos Growers <http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3443>. Web. 17 June 2016.
3) Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. “Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'” <http://www.plantdelights.com/Agave-bracteosa-Monterrey-Frost-for-sale/Buy-Monterrey-Frost-Century-Plant/>. Web. 17 June 2016.
Agave bracteosa f. marginata alba (Agave bracteosa cv. Monterrey Frost) Photo by: Raimondo Paladini
This is the variegated form of the species, with wide cream-colored margins on each leaf. (Agave bracteosa cv. Monterrey Frost) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
The coloration is stable, with each little pup an exact duplicate of the parent. (Agave bracteosa cv. Monterrey Frost) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Cultivation and Propagation: Agave bracteosa cv. Monterrey Frost is an exellent choice for growing in a container. Remains small and grows slowly, very slowly offsetting and forming a large colony of plants. A very elegant plant, this variegate deserves a special place in a semi-shady area of the rock garden, xeric garden, or even as an accent plant in the Mediterranean or tropical landscape.
Soil: As with most of the species, this one is not very particular about the type of soil it is in as long as it has good drainage.
Hardiness: It can tolerate extremes of both cold (Hardy to -8°C) and scorching heat.
Exposure: The variegated form can thrive in in half-sun, filtered-sun or deep shade and is more moisture tolerant than most agave; but, the soil must be well drained. It grows particularly well under the shade of small trees.
Water requirements: It is drought tolerant although they will respond to supplemental water and is more moisture tolerant than most agave.
Landscape value: Agave bracteosa looks great as a potted plant, and can be placed on patios, near entryways, or in other spots where the plant would be highly visible. In the ground, use this beauty under the shade of small desert trees, mix into cactus and succulent gardens.
Propagation: Suckers (This Agave offsets freely and the pups can be removed and repotted or planted elsewhere) Keep a few however, for the main plant dies when it sends up its spectacular spike of flowers. Individual specimens are particularly beautiful.
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