Agave lophantha “quadricolor”
A. kerchovei ‘Pectinata’
A. lophantha ‘Quadricolor’
A. lophantha ‘Goshikibandai’
A. cv Goshiki Bandai
Vivarium produced cultivar
Agave lophantha “quadricolor” is a small-sized species, which has got a solitary succulent rosette, not taller than 40 cm, and 60 cm wide. It is named after its characteristic leaves, which are variegated in four, distinct colours.
This Agave species is pretty easy-to-grow. Like other Agaves, it needs a very well-drained soil; it does well in light shade to full sun, but in summer it will need some shade and copious water – always allowing to dry before watering again. A good amount of water and fertilizer will help this plant to grow faster. During winter, one should only water enough to avoid leaves shrivelling. Agave lophantha can tolerae up to -12° (particularly if dry); anyway, it is better to avoid freezing temperatures, to be sure it will not get damaged. It does great both in containers or in the ground (and plants cultivated outdoors are more tolerant to full sun and drought).
You can use basal suckers as propagation material: remove them in spring or summer, let them dry and insert them in compost.
The adjective “quadricolor” refers to the four colourful bands which characterise the leaves of this Agave.