Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

Bright golden yellow edges on arching, fleshy leaves creates an elegant urn-like form that is a sensational focal point for the landscape or a large container. Use in mass plantings for a great effect in xeric gardens. Foliage has tiny, marginal thorns. A frost-tender evergreen.
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Full sun

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


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Botanical Pronunciationa-GAH-vee de-smet-ee-AY-na var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; forms clumps 30 to 36 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLarge, vertical flower stalks emerge on fully mature plants.
Design IdeasThe dramatic, architectural structure of the Agave make it a stunning choice for a variety of gardens. Include this variegated beauty in a desert, modern, minimalist and even Mediterranean landscape and you will bring natural structure and texture to your garden. Create a stunning focal point by planting in mass among hardscape components like stone, rock, and wood. The use of a single Agave plant in a modern container or a mixed planting with other smaller succulents offers a low maintenance option for colder climates to enjoy this plant indoors and out.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsAloe (Aloe); Cuphea (Cuphea); Yarrow (Achillea); Chalk Fingers (Senecio); Sea Lavender (Limonium); Mexican Grass Tree (Dasylirion longissimum);

Provide lean to average, well-drained soil. Thrives in full sun in cool coastal areas; shelter from harsh afternoon sun and reflected heat in hot summer areas. Drought tolerant once established, but looks best with periodic water in extreme heat. The mother plant declines after flowering; younger rosettes will perpetuate the plant.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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