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Agave celsii

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave mitis var. mitis]
Parentage: (possibly a A. boldinghiana cv)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave celsii 'Multicolor' - A medium sized clump-forming agave with rosettes to 2 feet tall and as broad with fleshy 6 inch wide by 2 foot long cream-margined green leaves that gracefully curve upwards. The leaves appear unarmed but have soft terminal spines and minute, backward curving, brown spines along the leaf edge. This plant produces a short a 4 to 6 foot tall unbranched spike bearing red-tinged green flowers congested on the upper third of the spike and unlike the species produces bulbils in the flower axils. Plant in full sun or light shade and irrigate infrequently to occasionally. Drought tolerant in our coastal California gardens. This plant is considered tender as agaves go but other forms of Agave celsii withstood the 1990 frost in our garden when temperatures dropped to 18 F and in "Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants", Mary and Gary Irish note that Agave celsii survived temperatures to 12 F in eastern Texas but this form is considerably less tender. This beautiful variegated form was shared with us by Wade Roitsch of Yucca Do Nursery, who brought it back from Thailand. We had initially listed it as Agave celsii 'Marginata' but later changed the name to 'Multicolor' on the recommendation of Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery, who had acquired his plant named as such from Succulenta Nursery in Holland. Recent treatments list Agave celsii as a synonym for Agave mitis var. mitis but the origins of this variegated plant are obscure and some speculate that this plant really is not related to Agave mitis and may actually be a cultivar of Agave boldinghiana, a species described by American botanist and entomologist, William Trelease in 1913. This may help explain the bulbils in the flower axils and tenderness of this plant. 

Information about Agave celsii displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.