Agave mediopicta alba

 In Agave

Synonyms:

Agave ingens var. picta,
Agave zonata,
Agave variegata,
Agave subzonata,
Agave picta

Habitat:

This desert plant is native to Southern America, Mexico.

Description:

This smaller growing variery of Agave Americana form an usually solitary rosette, which grows up to 120 cm. The short, lanceolate fleshy leaves are  grey-blue variegated, with a greyish/creamy-white central band. Their base is thick. They characteristicly have an undulate lamina, which presents grey-blue spines on the margins, and a long terminal spine.  Flower stems are variegated too. The inflorescence is up to 5 m tall. The large flowers are yellow-greenish.

Cultivation:

Slower to grow than other Agave species. It does well from lightly shaded area to full sun. It needs slightly acid, well-drained sandy soil: it is hardy to drought, and it needs occasional to no watering at all. During winter, protect it from freezing.

Propagation:

During spring or summer, remove basal suckers, let them dry for few days and put them in compost.

Curiosity:

Flowers of this monocarpic plant tend to attract hummingbirs, which feed on their nectar.

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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