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  Agave angustifolia marginata (variegata) CACTUS ART
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Agave angustifolia Caribbean Agave, is a small beautiful Agave with stiff short, sword shape leaves with cream colored margins.
 

Cultivation: Description: It is a small-medim sized Agave with a dense round rosette of leaves borne from a very short trunk. It forms clumps. Height: 50 cm to 90 cm, Spread: 50 cm to 1,20 cm.
Leaves: The leaves vary considerably in length depending on growing condition, but can reach up to 60 cm (or more) They are stiff, sword-shaped, concave and revolute or plicate, , blue or blue-greenish 5-10 cm wide at their widest point and have a distinct narrowing in their lower third and are furnished with thin marginal teeth and a subulate-conical terminal spine. Leaves have marginal bands of bright white, with occasional cream stripes to the inside.
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lowers: Greenish-yellow to white in terminal panicles and approximately 5 cm long. The flower stalks will reach up to 2.5 m in height.
Blooming season: Blooms after 10 years or more years (though not a century) in spring, die after flowering, but new plants may develop from suckers at their base and from bulbils along the flower stalk.
 


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Family: Agavaceae

Scientific Name:  Agave angustifolia var. marginata or Variegated.

Origin:  Native to tropical Costa Rica and Mexico

Common Names include: Variegated Caribbean Agave, Narrow century plant.

 

 

 

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Culture: They are great Agaves for containers because of their small size, They need full sun to partial shade or very high interior lighting. Plants are not so drought tolerant and requires more water than most agave species. Plants should be watered and allowed to dry before watering again. Fertilize only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. When grown as a houseplant, the temperature should never drop below 10 C. Not too frost tolerant, during the winter months, only water enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Ground cultivated plant are tollerant to drought, and salty seaside conditions. Little if any irrigation is needed to maintain the plant once established. The sharp spine at the tip of its toothed leaves is sometime removed to protect people and

Propagation: Agave angustifolia 'Marginata' is propagated by using suckers, which often are found growing around the base of the plant. Fortunately, many plantlets will form from the inflorescence, offering good opportunities for propagation.

Uses:

  • It is used to make mezcal (tequila), rope, food, soap and other products are also made from the fibers and pulp.

  • As an ornamental plant it makes a dramatic statement in the landscape and is much favored for use in rock gardens.

 

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