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  Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'
  Family Name : Asparagaceae

  Synonyms : Agave regeliana 'Variegata', Agave miradorensis 'Variegata', Agave de-meesteriana 'Variegata'

  Common Names : Dwarf Variegated Agave, Variegated Smooth Agave, Variegated Smooth Century Plant

Dwarf Variegated Agave,Variegated Smooth Agave,Variegated Smooth Century Plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      0.6 m to 0.9 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.9 m to 1.2 m
  • Biogeography
    • Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Desert / Arid
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herbaceous succulent shrub, variegated type of dwarf species, up to 0.9m height when grown in ground. Grows as rosette, spreading by suckers and forming clumps over time.
      Foliage: Leaves thick, slightly fibrous, lanceolate, sessile and arising directly from underground rhizomatous stem. Grey-green with creamy-yellow margins. Apical spine emerges dark orange, aging to blackish-brown. Marginal spines few or absent.
      Flowers: Small, pale yellow, produced in towering panicles held on a single stalk 2-3m above the plant. Inflorescences often bulbiferous (ie. forming bubils or aerial plantlets). Monocarpic -- plant blooms once in its lifetime (typically at 10-15 years of age) and dies after completing its life cycle.
      Taxonomy :
      Latest accepted Family (APGIII) is Asparagaceae. Previously placed in Agavaceae.
      Cultivation :
      Prefers well-drained, sandy soils. Avoid waterlogging which promotes rot. Drought-tolerant when mature and established, needing only occasional watering. Irrigate young plants to prevent drying out. Apical foliar spines can be trimmed off, if desired (eg. when used near footpaths or play areas). Propagate by suckers and bulbils.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet 'Agave' derived from Greek term Agavos (meaning 'admirable', 'noble' or 'splendid'), which in turn was inspired by the Greek mythological figure Agaue -- daughter of Cadmus (founder-king of the Greek city of Thebes) and goddess Harmonia. Species epithet 'desmettiana' named after Belgian horticulturist and nursery owner Louis De Smet (1813-1887).
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Poor Infertile Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Green Roof, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Golden Garden, Rockery / Desert Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Spines/Thorns - Leaf, [Remarks] (Terminal spine on leaves)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Bird))
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Leaf Cutting, Storage Organ, Sucker, Division, Aerial Bulbil
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White, Green, Silver / Grey, Yellow / Golden
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Leathery, Thick
      Foliar Modification :
      Spine (axillary)
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Truncate / Square
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Notophyll ( 20.25cm2 - 45 cm2 )
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Inflorescence Type :
      Ovary Position :
      Inferior / Epipgynous
      Flowering Period :
      Flower Lifespan On Plant :
      Several Weeks
      Flowering Habit :

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