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    Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis

    Plant type

    cactus / succulent

    size

    • H: 6'-8'
    • W: 8'-12'

    planting zones

    • 9a-11

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    Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis plant details

    Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis is an evergreen cactus / succulent with blue and green foliage. In summer cream flowers emerge. Features glaucous texture. Grows well with sun and regular - low water. Drought tolerant once established. Prefers to be dry in winter. Does well in average, gritty, lean, rocky and well-drained soil. A good option if you're seeking something heat tolerant and verticillium wilt resistant.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis

    Plant type: cactus / succulent
    Plant family: agavaceae, asparagaceae
    Foliage: evergreen blue and green
    Mature size: 8 FT - 12 FT - wide, 6 FT - 8 FT - tall
    Flowers: cream blooms in summer
    Uses: architectural, container plant, desert garden, houseplant, rock garden, rosette-forming, spiky, xeric, year round interest

    GROWING CONDITIONS for Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis

    USDA Zones: 9a - 11
    Sun exposure: sun
    Watering frequency: regular - low
    Resistant to: deer and rabbit, heat and verticillium wilt
    Soil needs: average, gritty, lean, rocky and well-drained

    About Agave

    Agave is a diverse genus of rosette-forming succulents in the Asparagaceae, or asparagus family. Agave rosettes produce flowers on tall stalks, after which the rosette that flowered dies, but not before producing seed or offsets. Some species take 100 years to flower, which is where the common name “century plant” arose, but in cultivation many species will bloom in 10-20 years.

    Why grow Agave?

    Agaves are valuable elements in xeric and desert gardens, rock gardens, and succulent containers. Use them as focal points or to contrast with other shapes and textures. Century plants provide distinctive architectural form to gardens and make highly collectible container subjects.

    How to care for Agave

    Century plants require excellent drainage and generally grow best rocky or sandy mineral soils in climates with dry winters and only occasional summer rain. To grow successfully in wetter climates, provide extra care to ensure good drainage, planting them on slopes or at an angle with extra gravel in their soil. A gravel mulch can help to move excess water away from the plants and reduce diseases from soil splashing on the leaves.

    Gardening facts about Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis plant

    How to Grow Agave atrovirens var. mirabilis

    • Water Needs

      • regular - drought tolerant
    • Water Needs

      • dry in winter
    • Soil Needs

      • average
      • lean
      • well-drained
      • rocky
      • gritty
    • Sun Exposure

      • sun
    • Special Situation

      • heat tolerant
      • verticillium wilt resistant

    Features

    • Foliage Color

      • green
      • blue
    • Foliage Season

      • evergreen
    • Flower Season

      • summer
    • Texture

      • glaucous
    • Flower Color

      • cream
    • Wildlife

      • deer resistant
      • rabbit resistant
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