Quadricolor Century Plant, Striped Agave
A colourful and eye-catching Agave from Texas and Mexico where it grows on sandy hills and limestone formations. A variable species, it has leaves with longitudinal stripes in contrasting bright shades of yellow, light and dark green, best maintained in full sunshine.
Undemanding and super-easy to care for, it can be grown in the bright conservatory or in a sunny corner of the garden where, if kept quite dry over the winter, it should tolerate -7c. In hot, dry weather additional water will maximise growth, and new plants can be propagated from offsets.
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Care & Size Guidance
Agave ovatifolia can be grown outside year-round in the milder parts of the UK, planted in full sun and free-draining soil. Otherwise, it is also possible to grow this Agave in a pot and move it to a greenhouse, conservatory or other sheltered well-lit spot during the colder winter months.
Agaves are capable of flowering, though they are only capable of flowering once as they die after their bloom is over. Luckily they can only flower in maturity and reaching maturity can take decades, with many Agaves having a typical lifespan of 10-30 years, and they produce offsets of new plants after their death.