Variegated Agave

Agave americana var. marginata

Agave; Variegated Agave; Variegated Century Plant

About This Plant

Full sun. Evergreen. A variegated form of the common century plant, with yellow margins and alligator-toothed leaves that curl like melting wax. It makes a dramatic tropical statement in the landscape. Just place it a good distance from pedestrian areas — remember, it’s thorny and can grow up to 8′ wide. The flowers attract hummingbirds, but they only appear after several years, at the end of the plant’s life. Variegated agaves can suffer tissue damage in extreme cold temperatures, especially in combination with moisture.

Origins: Mexico


Clip off the spines if pedestrians or pets are passing close by. Leaves can be cut back if damaged in cold weather, but wear gloves and be cautious of the sap; it can cause contact dermatitis.

A big-striped agave with curly leaves and tropical flair.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 5 feet'

Min. Width: 4'

Max Width: 8 feet'

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