Ray of Light Fox Tail Agave
Ray of Light Fox Tail Agave
Agave attenuata 'AGAVWS' Plant Patent #21,854Item #7472 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Wide green pliable leaves with a crisp white streak along each margin emerge from a tight center, arching gracefully back. Adds striking texture to smaller spaces and patio containers. May produce offsets of smaller rosettes, creating a stunning focal point. Mature plants produce a tall vertical flower stalk that reflexes back towards the ground before arching up again like a fox tail.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-GAH-vee at-ten-yoo-AY-tuhPlant type:Cactus/SucculentDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:13, 20 - 24Average landscape size:Clump forming rosettes 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide. Bloom to 8 ft. tall.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Large, vertical flower stalks emerge on mature plants.Flower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleRusticPatent 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)
- CareCare InformationEasy 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat; less often once established.
- History & LoreHistory: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.