Agave victoriae-reginae


Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria Agave)

Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria Agave) is a slow-growing succulent that forms compact rosettes of green leaves with attractive…

Agave applanata 'Cream Spike'

Item #: 7241

Zones: 9a to 10b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 4" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

Agave victoriae-reginae

Item #: 4337

Zones: 7b to 10b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Agave victoriae-reginae is a delightful Mexican native, normally known best as a houseplant. Amazingly, Agave victoriae-reginae has fared well here through 7 degrees F in our garden, when kept dry during the winter. The tight, often singular, rosettes make a 15" wide clump of thick dark green, toothless leaves (bad hygiene), each adorned with dramatic, linear white bands. As the plant matures into a regal clump, you will quickly see how it earned the nickname "Queen Agave." As with all agaves, winter drainage and protection from moisture below 20 degrees F is absolutely critical.

Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave victoriae-reginae, the Queen Victoria agave or royal agave, is a small species of succulent flowering perennial plant, noted for its streaks of white on sculptured geometrical leaves, and popular as an ornamental.

This agave is highly variable in form, but in general the rosettes are small and compact, growing to 0.5m, composed of short, rigid, thick leaves that are green with a pattern of distinctive white markings. The markings are generally along leaf keels or margins, giving a sort of polyhedral appearance. Marginal teeth are usually lacking, while the terminus of the leaf may include 1 to 3 spines, each 1.5–3 cm in length. Cream coloured flowers are borne in erect racemes up to 4m in length.

A. victoriae-reginae is found the Chihuahuan Desert in the Mexican States of Coahuila, Durango and Nuevo León, with about a half-dozen subspecies named. The situation is complicated by hybrids with a number of other agave species. [4] [5] Although it faces some local threats, the population of the species as a whole is stable, and it is not considered by the IUCN to be threatened. [1]

It is cold-hardy as agaves go, and thus finds favor as a small accent in many northerly gardens. However it is recommended in the UK that this plant be kept in heated conditions under glass during winter. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. [6]

If you’ve managed to obtain a Queen Victoria agave to grow in your own garden or home, you’ll find that adhering to general succulent/agave care guidelines works just fine for this species. It’s not demanding and will forgive the occasional beginner mistake.

This slow-growing agave will thrive in well-draining, airy soil that contains a significant amount of grit. When grown outdoors it should be protected from the blasting afternoon sun to prevent burning. Indoors, where the light is weaker, place the plant in the sunniest spot you can provide.

Like most succulents, the Queen Victoria agave appreciates plenty of water during the summer growing season. Provide water as soon as the soil goes dry, which can be multiple times a week in very dry climates. During wintertime this species goes dormant, which means waterings should be reduced drastically to prevent rot. Once or month (or even less when temperatures drop low) should work best.

Provide your Queen Victoria agave with the care it needs and you’ll slowly see it flourish into the typical geometric growth pattern that has made it so popular. With a maximum size of around 50 cm/20” this is not the largest agave out there, but its spectacular leaves more than make up for that.

Queen Victoria agaves take up to 10 years to reach their adult size, but they are certainly worth the wait.

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