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Origin and Habitat: Arizona, USA.
- Agave toumeyana Trel.
Agave toumeyana Trel.
Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. xxiii. 140 (1920).
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave toumeyana subs. bella (Breitung) Gentry
Agaves Cont. N. Amer. 211 (1982)
Agave toumeyana subs. bella f. variegata hort.
ENGLISH: Toumey Agave, Toumey's Century Plant
SICILIAN (Sicilianu): Centuspati di Toumey
TURKISH (Türkçe): Toumey sabırı
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave toumeyana group
- Agave toumeyana Trel.: It forms small compact rosettes, up to 30 cm in diameter, 30 cm tall, each with 100–200 leaves at maturity. Leaves are thin, stiff with striking white markings and adorned with curling white threads.
- Agave toumeyana subs. bella (Breitung) Gentry: The 'bella'' variety is much smaller and compact than the Agave toumeyana (up to 20 cm tall). It also make smaller inflorescence.
- Agave toumeyana subs. bella f. variegata hort.: Variegated form.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Howard Scott Gentry “Agaves of Continental North America” University of Arizona Press, 01/Feb/2004
2) Urs Eggli “Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons” Springer, 2001
3) Hermann Jacobsen ”A Handbook of Succulent Plants: Abromeitiella to Euphorbia” Blandford Press, 1960
Cultivation and Propagation: It is a stunning specimen plant for containers or a well drained spot in the garden. It tend to be slow grower, but worth the effort. Grow it in porous soil with adequate drainage. Itdo well in full sun or a lightly shaded area. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there is no need to mist the leaves. It is theoretically hardy to -3Â° C, particularly when dry but it is best to avoid severe freezing temperatures. Heat Tolerance: good
Propagation: Relatively easy to propagate by seeds or by suckers (if available) Remove the basal suckers in spring or summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost.. only problem is the logistics of getting to the suckers - very sharp spines and suckers usually right up against, or underneath the mother plant.
Uses: These striking plants 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.Uses: These striking plants 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.
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