• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly in extreme heat; less often once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Clump forming rosettes 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide. Bloom to 8 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Attractive Foliage
    Large, vertical flower stalks emerge on mature plants.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-GAH-vee at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Sunset climate zones:13, 20 - 24
    Average landscape size:Clump forming rosettes 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide. Bloom to 8 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Large, vertical flower stalks emerge on mature plants.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA wonderfully versatile plant that thrives in warm and humid subtropical or Mediterranean climates. With simple yet supple lines, graceful form and contrasting color, it will easily stand on its own as a specimen plant, create a stunning affect in mass plantings, or work well with a mixed palette of plants. Can be used in tandem with more heat hardy, dry desert plants if it is given some protection from the intense summer heat and some supplemental water. Plant to clump under the canopy of a desert willow or fruitless olive or pineapple guava, to create visual interest with its bold texture contrasting with their smaller, more subdued leaves.
    Companion PlantsBlue Fescue (Festuca glauca); Hummingbird Mint (Agastache); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Euphorbia (Euphorbia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in lean to average, well-drained soils. Site in full to part sun in cool coastal areas; best with some shade or away from reflected heat in hottest summer climates. Drought tolerant once established but looks best with periodic watering or rainfall during the hot season. Fertilize sparingly when new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly in extreme heat; less often once established.
  • History & Lore
    The Agave attenuata species originates from the central western region of Mexico, and can be found in rocky habits and near stream beds. The A. attenuata is less cold and drought hardy than agave species native to higher desert regions of northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. This cultivar was discovered in 2003 by Graeme John Burton of Ohaupo, New Zealand as a sport of Agave attenuata 'Tandarra's Tiger' in a greenhouse in Hamilton, New Zealand. One of the newest succulents introductions in the Tessera collection from Plug Connection, it received US Plant Patent 21,854 in April 201.