The leaves have a lot of color in them from bright green to purplish green (often a hint of yellow stripe down the middle) and lined with an edging of brown.
Scientific Name: Agave ghiesbreghtii Lemaire ex Jacobi
The specific epithet is sometimes listed incorrectly a "ghiesbrechtii"
Description: Extensively offsetting medium sized agave, with neat succulent rosettes, up to 75 cm in diameter, 50 cm tall. In the garden it can become invasive, slowly forming small compact clumps with several offsets on short rhizomes growing close to the mother plant . Often used for hedge and animal barrier.
Note: It can be distinghuished by A. lophantha and A. lechugulla by its leaves that are wider in the centre of the blade and a little curved and for the small straight teeth and the uniform , not striated leaf surface. It differs from A. schidigera by its lack of filaments, and wider and fewer leaves.
Cultivation: A. ghiesbreghtii is a stunning specimen plant for containers or a well drained spot in the gardennoted as rare in cultivation. It tend to be slow grower, but worth the effort. Grow them in porous soil with adequate drainage. They do well in full sun or a lightly shaded area. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there is no need to mist the leaves. It is theoretically hardy to -3° C, particularly when dry but it is best to avoid severe freezing temperatures. Heat Tolerance: Excellent
Propagation: Relatively easy to propagate by seeds or by suckers (if available) Remove the basal suckers in spring or summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost.. only problem is the logistics of getting to the suckers - very sharp spines and suckers usually right up against, or underneath the mother plant.Use: These striking plants are wonderful when used for accent or simply to provide some all year round foliage colour and often used in a pot as a patio plant, they make an eye-catching statement and along with other evergreen plants in pots, can be moved around to change the scenery or position to give more shelter.