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Ray of Light Fox Tail Agave

Agave attenuata 'AGAVWS' PP #21,854

Wide, green, pliable leaves with a crisp white streak along each margin emerge from a tight center, creating a stunning focal point. Adds texture to smaller spaces and patio containers. Mature plants produce a tall vertical flower stalk that reflexes back towards the ground before arching up again like a fox tail. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationa-GAH-vee at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide; bloom reaches 8 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeLarge, vertical flower stalk emerges on mature plants.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Rock Garden, Specimen, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsBlue Fescue (Festuca glauca); Hummingbird Mint (Agastache); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Euphorbia (Euphorbia)

Provide lean to average, well-drained soil. Thrives in full sun to part shade in cool coastal areas; part shade or away from reflected heat in desert and hot summer areas. Drought tolerant once established in cooler regions; needs regular water in hotter summer regions. Fertilize sparingly when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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