Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated


No synonyms are recorded for this species name.


Agave victoriae-reginae is native to the high elevations of the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico, where it grows in rocky outcrops and among scrub vegetation. This species is well adapted to the harsh, arid environment and can survive long periods of drought by storing water in its thick leaves. The fleshy leaves and compact growth habit also protect it from the intense sun and heat common in its native habitat. Agave victoriae-reginae is an important food source for many desert animals, including pronghorns, mule deer, and various bird species, who feed on its leaves and flower stalks. It also provides habitat for a variety of desert reptiles and insects. The species is pollinated by bats and hummingbirds, which are attracted to its sweet nectar and bright, showy flowers. The variegated form, instead, is a genetical mutation due to a partial loss of the capacity to produce chlorophyll from the leaves, and can occur both in nature and in nursery. In nursery, this genetical mutation is propagated through agamical reproduction of plants because of its ornamental high value.


Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated is a cultivar of the species Agave victoriae-reginae. It is a slow-growing succulent plant with rosettes of fleshy, glossy green leaves with creamy-yellow variegated margins. The leaves are triangular to lanceolate shaped and have small, sharp spines along the edges. Variegated forms are plants which are widely sought after by succulent collectors for their tinged leaves: in the case of Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated, the shades show themselves in the form of pronounced, yellow lateral stripes at the edges of the leaves. Another peculiar feature is a central white line, more or less curved and branching in an elegant white net. This behaviour is due to a lack of clorophyll in the leaves caused by a genetic mutation that occurs in variegated forms. The plant produces tall spikes of yellow or greenish-yellow flowers, although this is a slow process and often takes years to occur. It is a popular ornamental plant and is often grown in pots or used in rock gardens.


Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated is a stunning addition to any garden or indoor space, its unique variegated leaves will add a touch of elegance and beauty. With the right care and attention, this plant will thrive and flourish, providing a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to your collection.

When it comes to cultivation, the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated is a resilient plant that can thrive in a variety of conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate light shade to full sun exposure, but for the best results it is recommended to provide some afternoon shade during the hottest summer month to protect the plant from sun damage. This succulent is drought-tolerant and should be kept rather dry in the winter, which is its dormant season, with minimum temperatures above zero in order to achieve optimal growth. However, it can also tolerate quite low temperatures, particularly when it stays dry, and can survive temperatures as low as -10° C. To give the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated the vitality and life it needs, it is recommended to water well during spring and summer and allow the soil to become barely moist between waterings.If you live along the coast or in an area without frosts, you’ll be pleased to know that this plant can be successfully cultivated outdoors where its beauty can be fully appreciated. In colder climates, it is advised to cultivate the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated in pots and protect them during the winter by placing them in dry, well-ventilated rooms. It’s important to avoid over-watering and ensure good ventilation. Fertilization is easy with this plant, it only requires to be feed twice a year, once in April and once in July with a water-soluble potassium-rich fertilizer. Be aware that it’s prone to mealy bugs and scale, so make sure to inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.


One of the easiest ways to propagate the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated is through offsets. This plant produces offsets, also known as pups, which are small plants that sprout from the base of the mother plant. These pups can be gently removed from the mother plant, and planted in their own container with well-draining soil.
Another method of propagation is through leaf cuttings. Carefully remove a healthy leaf from the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated and allow the cut end to callus over for a day or two. Once the leaf is dry, plant it in well-draining soil with the cut end buried. Keep the soil slightly moist, but not wet and in a warm location with indirect sunlight.
Another method is by using the stem cutting method. Cut a stem from the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated, leaving a few inches of stem below the leaf rosette. Allow the cuttings to callus over for a day or two and plant them in well-draining soil. Keep the soil slightly moist, but not wet, and place the cutting in a warm location with indirect sunlight.
Propagating the Agave victoriae-reginae f. variegated is not only easy, but it is also a cost-effective way to add more of this stunning succulent to your collection.


The name “Agave” comes from the Greek word “agauos,” meaning admirable or noble, and it is no surprise that this plant lives up to its name with its stunning beauty.
“Reginae” and “Victoriae” are Latin words that translate to “queen” and “victoria” respectively. This is probably dedicated to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for much of the 1800s, whose government period is called “Victorian Era” for its great importance. This plant is indeed a queen among succulents, with its beautiful and unique variegated leaves.

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