General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 12-15 inches
Plant Spread: 20-24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: The juice from many species of agave can cause acute contact dermatitis that produces reddening and blistering lasting approximately one to two weeks. Itching may recur up to a year later without a visible rash. Dried parts of the plants can be handled sa
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in shallow pots with a well draining, sterile mix; 50/50 organic/inorganic of coarse perlite, pumice; sphagnum peat or good compost. Avoid manures. Irrigate from below. Provide bright, indirect light and a transparent cover to retain moisture.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Bulbils
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Agave
  • Century Plant
  • Maguey

Photo Gallery
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-09-02
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-01-17
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 2019-06-29
sectoral variegated form, taken at 2019 CSSA show
Location: Baja California
Date: 2024-02-24
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-08-03
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-09-11
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-05-16
Public garden
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 2016-05-29
Agave 'Cream Spike' with morning dew; nice variegated miniature a
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-11-07
Full sun, fall
Location: Baja California
Date: 2010-04-24
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-05-24
Uploaded by mcvansoest
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-01-24
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-04-15
Location: Mesa, AZ.
Date: 2015-01-11
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 2018-06-03
sport entered by Kelly Griffin, taken at San Diego summer 2018 ca
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-11-21

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Uploaded by robertduval14
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-09-19
4 inch pot
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 21, 2016 4:29 PM concerning plant:
    Like the normal, non-variegated Agave applanata, this is a dimorphic plant. The dwarf juvenile form is flat. After several years it transitions to a medium-sized, erect and well-armed adult.

    Longer, greener leaves (particularly in the juvenile form) are a sign of low light. This agave enjoys day-long sun as an adult in our cool coastal climate. It offsets profusely as a juvenile (thus the number of very young plants out there). Propagation is from offsets, not from seed. Slow growing when small.

    To get this plant up to landscape size, remove offsets as soon as they appear, provide strong light, and do not allow pot size to limit growth.

    This plant is available in the trade under a variety of names, including A. patonii variegata, which it is not (patonii is an old name for parryi).

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